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Death Traps: Millions of Office Workers At Risk

There is a severe, lethal risk of sudden collapse in even the best-made skyscrapers in America, Britain, Germany, Japan and other nations worldwide.

The officials who write building codes, architects and structural engineers had never before worried about small office fires causing entire office buildings to collapse.

But since 9/11, this has radically changed our understanding of architecture and engineering … we learned that specifically, 3 steel-frame buildings collapsed on that day from fires. Fires that lasted only 20 minutes in any given area.

But what has been done about it? What radical changes in construction and building codes have now been implemented?

To get to the bottom of this issue, Washington’s Blog reached out to a former manager at Underwriters Laboratories – Kevin Ryan – to seek out exactly what changes have now been made to the building codes and structural engineering to reassure the millions of financial services industry workers, business men, lawyers, web executives, and others who work in office buildings that the danger has now been mitigated.


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SteveMT's picture

NIST/UL want to have it both ways.

By their inaction, they believe that a same day 3-fer skyscraper collapse all due to fires was a fluke. Nothing to see here, move along, nothing will change with building codes. Yet, they want us to simply believe their version of the story that sometimes shit happens and such a fluke is possible. Meanwhile, they dismiss any attempt by others who provide evidence for alternative and more plausible (less magical) explanations.


another crack in the wall of BS

This is good. haha If they

This is good. haha

If they did indeed collapse from fire, people need to put their money where their mouth is and pay for it.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Did the insurance cost double or triple ?

These buildings are a risk to our society.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

That's a good point

Commercial buildings over a certain size use rating factors in place to develop the probability of loss. Those factors include the construction type, frame, joisted masonry, masonry and masonry non-combustible, etc. Many other factors are also calculated in to develop the "building rates", from which the premium charge is developed. If some unknown fault was recently discovered in these buildings, the ISO (insurance services office) who inspect and develop the rates for the insurance companies would have changed the rating factors.

We need government led

We need government led classes to teach high-rise buildings to learn stop drop and roll. In fact, every building made from here on out should have a button to press that hoists the entire building on its side and rolls through some massive hydraulic system till it extinguishes the fire.

Southern Agrarian

I was about to say What in

I was about to say What in The F--- then I read the article.

Southern Agrarian

These buildings are in danger of collapse

Now that it's been proven beyond any possible doubt!