Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Rio Building Collapse

The recent building collapse in Rio has brought to light an unfortunate truth. In Rio De Janiero, renovations are the responsibility of the project engineer and the building ownership. Government inspections are only carried out when a building first goes up. Rio has been plagued by exploding manhole covers, and stoppages in national transportation systems. Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/Latin-America-Monitor/2012/0127/Rio-building-collapse-where-is-the-oversight

Rio De Janiero is going to be under the international microscope as it prepares to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Incidents like recent building collapse are not likely to inspire the confidence of the international community in the Brazilian governments ability to provide security to the world’s best and brightest athletes.

 The Brazilian government is in a race against the clock to erect a modern looking metropolis. What is going to prevent a massive building collapse from occurring during the Olympic Games? I’m calling on the Brazilian government to increase oversight of building and zone regulations before their great coming out becomes an international tragedy.

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