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Deck collapse has local businesses questioning the safety of their own decks
GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Five people were taken to the hospital after a deck full of spring breakers collapsed last night at a beach house in Gulf Shores.
Check this out above me.
There is a deck up there. People sitting walking, talking, having a good time.
And while this is a commercial deck and built much stronger than a residential one. They're built with the same principles.
This deck of the Flora Bama was built nearly 15 years ago...
It even survived Hurricane Isaac.
The engineer says the number of people on a deck is usually never a problem, whether it is commercial or residential.
Deck accidents are usually caused by an engineering or building error, and sometimes its wear and tear.
Joe Dereuil, Structural Engineer; Sure, maybe that's what went wrong.
Maybe the fasteners corroded or the bolts rusted through that's usually that's a problem here at the beach in the salt environment, things rust fast.
These up here are all stainless steel and that's why, because things up here rust quickly.
People from last nights deck accident told Channel 3 that they remember seeing about 20 people on the deck.
Though some have reported there was easily 40 people on the deck.
We talked to some other deck owners.
They tell us it makes them a little more cautious about holding large parties on their own decks.
It also wants to make them get their decks inspected more often.