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Concrete slab falls to ground, inspection needed

By Olivia Wilmsen, Multimedia Journalist, olivia.wilmsen@krdo.com
Published On: Oct 25 2013 11:41:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 26 2013 02:10:51 AM CDT

A one ton slab of concrete fell to the ground at the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office on Friday.

There is scaffolding holding up the missing piece of concrete that crashed to the ground. That slab weighing one ton is as heavy as a Chevy 3500 pick-up truck.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A one ton slab of concrete fell to the ground at the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office on Friday.

There is scaffolding holding up the missing piece of concrete that crashed to the ground.

"I would just be shocked if I was standing anywhere near it," said general contractor David Winfrey.

Winfrey said he could tell the slab detached from the building and slid down off the building.

A little before 2 p.m. on Friday (10/25/13), the slab came crashing down.

"It's pretty amazing. I didn't think something like would fall,” said Connie Warmath, who was visiting Colorado Springs.

Winfrey believes the reason the slab fell is probably the welds came loose and not to mention the building is more than 30-years-old.

"These buildings flex. They age and they move and the engineering today is much more advanced than the engineering 30 to 35 years ago,” said Winfrey.

The slab weighs one ton. It fell 18 feet to the ground. That means the force of the falling concrete slab is about 19 tons of impact force and that's pretty dangerous.

"You would've thought that they'd have inspections for stuff like that,” said visitor Eric Warmath.

Turns out, for the last six months, the county has been considering inspections.

"That's a red flag,” said Winfrey.

It’s a red flag for an expert’s eyes to take a deeper look.

"They're just lucky it didn't fall on anybody,” said Warmath.

Luckily, not too many people use the back door where the slab fell. Those concrete slabs do not support the building. They're simply decoration.

The county is sending an engineer to inspect the entire building on Monday (10/28/13). It's possible they'll have to replace all of the slabs.

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