A stage at a Southern California high school collapsed during a student event. As a result, about 40 people were injured. Fortunately, most were minor injuries. Police, firefighters and medics responded to a call shortly before 11 p.m. on March 8 after the stage gave way at Servite High School.
Most of the injuries are minor and none is life threatening. The injuries included broken bones, bruises and scrapes. About 250 girls from sister Catholic school Rosary High School were on the stage at the time of the collapse. “Early investigations suggest the front of the stage gave out due to weight,” according to an investigating officer.
According to reports, 300 to 400 students and parents were in the auditorium at the time of the collapse. The students were performing in an annual musical theatre performance at the time. Servite High School is an all-boys Catholic School in Anaheim. Rosary is an all-girls sister school in Fullerton. This is another example of what can happen when a structure that is not designed to handle so many persons is overloaded.
But the structures themselves must be properly designed and constructed if they are to be used at public places, including schools, where large number of persons will be present. It’s an absolute necessity that safety be a major consideration in both the design and construction of such facilities. Failures in either area can result in tragic incidents with tragic consequences. It’s not known at this juncture if the stage was defective in any respect. We do know, however, that the stage wouldn’t accommodate the number of students who were on it.
Source: Claims Journal
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