May 18, 1997 in Nation/World

Kennel Club Demolisher Had No License

Associated Press
 

The subcontractor hired to tear down the grandstand of the landmark Biscayne Kennel Club, whose huge roof fell and killed two workers, lacked a state license for demolition work.

Neither the subcontractor, Cuyahoga Wrecking, nor its affiliate, K&K; Wrecking, had a contractor’s license for building demolition, said Orlando Reyes, an investigator with the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Brothers Charles and William Schwab were crushed under the weight of the roof that collapsed Friday five minutes before it was to be pulled down. They were brothers of Thomas Schwab, who owns Cuyahoga.

Three workers suffered minor injuries.

The city issued a demolition permit to Construction by Scott, which subcontracted the job to the Schwabs. City Manager Mike Couzzo said contractors are responsible for their subcontractors’ work.

Arthur Signore, president of Construction by Scott, had been cited by the state in two administrative complaints charging him with pulling permits for unlicensed contractors and walking away from two projects.

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