The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 11, 2013

Lawyer: Contractor not to blame in Philadelphia building collapse

By Maryclaire Dale
The Associated Press

— PHILADELPHIA — A contractor’s lawyer says his client was onsite but not to blame for last week’s deadly collapse of a Philadelphia building that was being demolished.

The lawyer says contractor Griffin Campbell had directed that the four-story building be taken down by hand because of an adjacent Salvation Army store. Instead, authorities believe an excavator was used, and a 40-foot wall collapsed, killing six inside the store and injuring others.

Campbell’s lawyer, Kenneth Edelin, said Tuesday that Campbell was talking to the building’s owner when the building collapsed but wasn’t in a place where he could see the excavator being used.

Edelin says the machinery was only supposed to be used to remove debris.

A subcontractor Campbell hired to demolish the building is charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter.