Terrifying deck collapse caught on video

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Video has surfaced of a terrifying deck collapse that injured dozens of people as a family was posing for a photo.

The video shows the deck crumbling and people falling 15 feet to the ground below. Two dozen people were reportedly injured.

The accident happened at the clubhouse of a subdivision near New Albany, Ind. on Dec. 22, 2013, and the company that built the deck says it is shielded from liability because the deck was more than 10 years old.

WDRB reported Tuesday that several people injured after the deck collapse have now filed a lawsuit.


  • alfresca

    This deck was guaranteed to fail. It was only a period of time. The blame can be spread all across the board. The construction details used on this deck has not been allowed under the code since 2000. However, it is still being printed in how-to books all over the nation. The contractor did not build to the current code. The city building inspector either missed it or ignored it. The home owner’s association is ultimately liable and should have had it inspected. If they did have it inspected, the inspector would be liable. According to my research, deck failures are rare, about 25 occurrences per year in the US. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the innocent victims of a system that has failed. Please think about hiring a deck specialist that takes pride in his work. Price is not always the best criteria to go by. The cost may end up being far greater.
    Kim Katwijk
    Contributing Editor Professional deck builders Magazine

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