Category : Forensic Meteorologist

Winter Storm and the Roof Collapse


Roof Damage

Steven Wistar, Senior Forensic Meteorologist ::::

CASE SYNOPSIS: The roof of a large industrial warehouse collapsed during a winter storm that was the third in a series of major snow and ice events at that location. After assessing the cost of the damage and the cost to repair the structure, the owners of the building filed suit against the company that manufactured the prefabricated metal building, claiming that the design of the support members of the roof did not properly take into consideration the weight that can occur during winter snow load buildup. Plaintiffs also included the contractors who assembled the building in the lawsuit, claiming that the full complement of bracing of the rafters and roof trusses was not installed during the erection of the building.

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