See moment Florida International University bridge collapsed (VIDEO)


The construction firms who built the bridge that collapsed in Miami have previously been accused and reprimanded for "shoddy work," according to the Miami New Times.  

The construction of the bridge was a joint project between Munilla Construction Management and Figg Bridge Group. They received $14.2 million from the Department of Transportation for the work.

Both companies have faced accusations of unsafe practices in the past. Munilla faced a lawsuit earlier this month that accused the company of building a "makeshift bridge" at an airport that injured one airport worker when it ruptured.

Figg was fined $28,000 for building code violations in Virginia after a bridge collapsed there. One of the charges in that case said the company did not get consent from the manufacturer to modify a girder that ultimately failed and resulted in the crash. The Miami Police Homicide Bureau is investigating the incident. 

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