Call for new city investigation into Hard Rock collapse

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New Orleans City Council Vice President Jason Williams is calling for a new probe into the deadly partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site.

"I truly hoped that the early initial investigations into the circumstances surrounding the Hard Rock collapse, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inquiry, would have produced desperately needed answers by now," Williams said in a news release. "I am disappointed at the pace."

The councilman-at-large says he originally thought it would be best to wait for other formal investigations to run their course.

"It is now abundantly clear that we as a city can no longer delay action on this matter."

Williams is proposing the creation of a temporary special committee of the Council's Criminal Justice Committee to "thoroughly investigate and begin gathering important information as we await submission of OSHA's findings."

He said in a statement that his research finds precedent for a local investigation.

"I believe this is exactly what the people of New Orleans expect and deserve."

On October 12th, 2019 the upper floors of the construction site in downtown New Orleans collapsed.  Three people died when one floor after another pancaked onto the floors below.  

The tragedy has been thrust back into the spotlight this week after a tarp blocking view of one of the dead victims still inside the rubble blew down, exposing the man's remains dangling from the side of the building.

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