Collapse at the Esselunga construction site in Florence, the fifth missing person is still being searched for: "We fear further collapses"

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Collapse at the Esselunga construction site in Florence, the fifth missing person is still being searched for: "We fear further collapses"
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The firefighters' search continues in Florence to find the body of the fifth worker missing after the collapse on the construction site of the Esselunga supermarket. Operations made difficult by the risk of new failures. Investigations underway.

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The Florence firefighters are still working to find the fifth missing person from the collapse on the construction site of the Esselunga supermarket in via Mariti. Three days after the collapse, one worker is still missing. The point where the body should be located would have been identified and would also have been confirmed by the dogs. The search for the missing person takes place at the same time as the cautious removal of collapsed beams and blocks.

However, operations are made even more complicated by the risk of further collapses. “The biggest difficulty is making the construction site safe – Alessandro Susini, 65 year old veteran of the fire brigade with USAR (Urban search and rescue) explained to Corriere della Sera – there are beams which are not stable and which they risk slipping, taking other pieces of the structure with them. This slows down the search. In the face of every tragedy you always arrive with the hope of saving someone, our goal is to find the people alive.”

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Meanwhile, the construction site is under seizure following the collapse that occurred last Friday 16 February. Four victims have already been confirmed, in addition to the lorry driver Luigi Coclite , the others are of Maghreb origin like the missing man. Their names were Mohamed Toukabri, a 54-year-old Tunisian, Mohamed El Ferhane, 24 years old, and Taoufik Haidar, 45 years old. Three other workers were injured.

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Investigations are also continuing to clarify the reasons for the collapse at the construction site in via Mariti. The Florence prosecutor's office has opened criminal proceedings (currently without suspects) for multiple manslaughter and negligent collapse.

In addition to human error in the assembly or calculation errors in the design, checks are also being carried out to exclude that the failure of the beam, 20 meters long and weighing 15 tonnes and delivered to the construction site on the same morning as the tragedy, was caused from a structural problem . For this reason, investigators are focusing their attention on Rdb Italprefabbricati, the company that produced it.

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