Some New York residents might have heard about a floor collapse that happened at a party in South Carolina. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 21. Partygoers at a clubhouse were dancing when the floor gave way and they fell into the basement below. Police said ambulances went to the scene after a call was received about the collapse around 12:30 a.m.
The collapse happened at an apartment complex near Clemson University. A group had rented the clubhouse there. According to the property manager, the structures had been built in 2004 and 2005. He was unable to say whether only a limited number of people were supposed to be in the clubhouse. No one suffered life-threatening injuries or was trapped in the accident. However, 30 people went to the hospital.
One witness said the collapse happened very quickly and that people were hurt and bleeding. She described having blood on her shoe and people trying to climb out. Another person described a "boom" sound as the floor suddenly gave way. Yet another witness who tried to help the injured said it looked like people had broken bones.
Owners and managers are responsible for making sure that their properties are safe. When an accident like this occurs, they might be held financially responsible. This does not just apply to big accidents like this one. For example, slips and falls are quite common and can happen because of a wet floor or uneven paving in a parking lot. Compensation after an accident like this can be important for people who have medical expenses and who have to miss work while recovering.
Source: Time, "Dozens Hurt in South Carolina as Floor Collapses at an Apartment Party, Oct. 21, 2018