Two workers were injured on Sunday afternoon when part of Seattle’s Pier 58 collapsed during ongoing construction. Seven people were removing a concrete section of the Pier when the collapse occurred. Two men fell into the water during the collapse.
The 50-year-old Pier was originally earmarked for renovation in 2022 as part of the Seattle waterfront remodel but had recently started shifting away from land, prompting city officials to accelerate its removal.
Seattle Parks and Recreation first received an alert on August 6th that the Pier had shifted by several inches and chose to close the area off to the public. Contractors were hired on August 26th to perform emergency work with Pier removal beginning as soon as possible. On September 11th the decision was made to continue construction during daylight hours, 7 days a week, in order to remove the fast deteriorating Pier.
The Mayor’s office has confirmed that it will continue efforts to remove Pier 58.
With an office in Seattle, Washington, BoatLaw, LLP has represented workers injured on or over the water for over forty years. The firm’s admiralty attorneys understand the unique dangers faced by waterfront construction workers.