A construction worker was killed and 18 others injured Friday when an elevated pedestrian walkway currently being constructed collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
The workers had just begun pouring concrete into the steel framework of the new attraction, which was set to open in the spring, according to a story in The New York Times. The 600-foot-long canopy walk, which peaks at 45 feet tall, would allow visitors to view the treetops in the garden as well as the Atlanta skyline. It’s part of a $55 million makeover to the gardens.
The gardens had invited the news media to watch workers pour the concrete. After the collapse, paramedics had to hike down a ravine to rescue injured construction workers.
The executive director of the botanical gardens, Mary Pat Matheson, wrote on the website Saturday: “From Monday through the end of the year, the Atlanta Botanical Garden will donate all admission proceeds and contributions from its members and visitors to a fund that will directly benefit those impacted by this tragedy. This is just one way that we are planning to help those families who have been through so much turmoil since Dec. 19.”
The Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the construction site to determine more information about the accident, and the builder, Hardin Construction Co., is cooperating with investigators.
Click here for more on the story in Monday’s edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.