Philadelphia union official calls demo oversight lax

PHILADELPHIA - June 27, 2013

Pat Gillespie, business manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, says "no one enforces anything" once a permit is handed out.

Gillespie is testifying as part of a City Council investigation into a recent building that collapsed during demolition, killing six people at an adjacent store.

A demolition subcontractor is now charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Council member James Kenney says the building owner picked the cheapest of five demolition bids, ranging from $130,000 to $500,000.

He says you can't do demolition on the cheap, if it means people aren't trained.

Council member Bobby Henon says anyone with $200 can get a Philadelphia construction permit.

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