Many people take for granted that once something is built and standing that it will stay standing. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. We can clearly see that in a Staten Island Advance article titled “HUSBAND, WIFE HURT WHEN DECK COLLAPSES “. On August 8th 2004 in the Mariners Harbor area of Staten Island, NY, a 4,000 pound Elevated deck collapsed while the two owners were standing on it. One victim “who became wedged between the broken deck and an air conditioning” was seen “bleeding from a gash in the back of his head”. Both complained of neck and back pain following the collapse.
Luckily, no lives were lost in the incident. Sometime later the owners called in Deck Master to install a new deck and to ensure something like this would never happen again. But what caused the deck to collapse in the first place? The article goes on to read that “The approximately 120-square-foot Deck was nailed instead of bolted to the house, contrary to building code regulations”. What one contractor saw as a harmless cut corner had cost the couple a very large sum of money and could have cost them their lives. And this is not an unheard of event. In the Tri-State area and across the US there are many reports of deck collapses and other failures every year.
That is why Deck Master recommends that if you have an older deck, even one that appears to be aging well, it is still the smart call to have a license professional come in and inspect it. A thorough inspection can reveal damage cause by age and wear as well as reveal potential design flaws that may have devastating effects in the future. While it may seem like annoying cost to pay now, it is far less than the cost of repair/reconstruction in the future, as well as the cost of what can be lost in an accident.
If you would like to know more about Deck Master’s comprehensive safety inspection, please visit our Safety Inspection & Repair services page.
To learn more about the incident quoted in this blog post, please refer to the Staten Island Advance Article “HUSBAND, WIFE HURT WHEN DECK COLLAPSES “, published August 9, 2004 and written by Melissa Anelli.