Although the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami occurred in March 2018, the investigation into the cause made major strides in 2019.
Both OSHA's Office of Engineering Services (OES) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the bridge's design was responsible for the collapse that killed six people and injured several others. FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc. has disputed that finding and said that its own inquiry determined that the cause of the collapse was a failure on the part of construction crews to follow procedure.
FIGG has seen some fallout as a result of the collapse. At least two of its existing customers have questioned their involvement in current projects, but FIGG remains a respected name in the world of bridge-building and bridge design.
Also this year, the general contractor for the project, Magnum Construction Management (MCM), formerly known as Munilla Construction Management) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the wake of a $42 million settlement and decertification by the Florida DOT. Most of the lawsuits against the contractors and consultants on the project were also settled in 2019.