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OSHA places most of the blame for the pedestrian bridge failure at Florida International University on the engineer of record (EOR) for Figg Bridge Engineers, but others, including the contractor, share some responsibility. The bridge had design deficiencies and the EOR should have closed the road beneath the bridge when informed about growing cracks. But also the design-build contractor, MCM, was aware that the cracks were growing and should have made that case more strongly. "MCM had extensive construction experience in concrete structures and had intimate knowledge of the magnitude of cracks, which were growing in size daily," reports OSHA. "MCM’s deference to EOR in light of [this fact], and failure to exercise their own independent judgment with regard to implementing necessary safety measures were unreasonable." The failure killed one worker and five motorists and permanently disabled another worker.

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