Female-Led Construction Company Was Responsible for Deadly Florida Bridge Collapse

Diversity quotas have been a pain to many men trying to enter the STEM fields off of pure talent alone, but can these quotas have more sinister consequences?

Last Thursday, Florida International University’s new “instant bridge” collapsed leaving six dead, including one student.

Leonor Flores, project executive at MCM, one of the companies responsible for the construction of the bridge, had this to say shorty before the bridge collapse:

“It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”

Although MCM is owned by five brothers, the top rung of the company is largely female, including several female construction workers. In contrast to Flores’s statement about prettiness, other engineers might argue that an “artistic touch” is less important than, say, making sure your structure doesn’t collapse and kill people. 

Fox News reports that both MCM and Figgs, the companies in charge of constructing the bridge, have a record of failures and fines – and there is now an accusation that MCM hired “incompetent, inexperienced, unskilled or careless employees.”

The exact cause of the bridge failure is currently under investigation. Flores’s building philosophy and recent findings about the companies’ track records may give insight into the deadly collapse.

 

feature image via Palm Beach Post

Dillon Knight is a student at Central Michigan University and covers Second Amendment issues for DANGEROUS. Follow him on Twitter @slayerofcucks

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