By
G. McConway
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July 24, 2023

25 Sent to Hospital After Patio Collapses in Billings, MT

The dangers of summer…

More than 30 people suffered injuries this weekend in Billings, MT, when a deck collapsed at the Billings Briarwood Country Club.

Thankfully, WBMA reported that nobody died as a result of the collapse. However, 33 people were injured, with 25 of them being taken to a local hospital.

Too Many

I wish I could say that tragedies like this are rare, but we are seeing more and more of them happen every year.

Be it at an event location, such as this, or at private homes, where people are gathering in large numbers and the deck is unable to hold up to the weight.

Authorities have yet to disclose the cause of the collapse, but the pictures from the scene were pretty gnarly…

CBS News reported that the majority of injuries were broken bones, cuts, scrapes, and head trauma. Nobody was reported to be in critical condition.

Mark Zagel was one of those in attendance that was injured during the collapse. He stated, “I am fine, though the ribs on my right side are pretty bruised and have a couple of other minor bumps.

“Nothing broken, no head injuries … There were multiple other more significant injuries — mostly broken bones. I landed on someone directly and had to be helped off her.”

He may be “fine,” but you better believe that country club is in for one hell of a lawsuit.

Just a word to the wise… if you plan on having any outdoor functions this summer, be sure to check the deck was properly constructed as well as what the maximum weight the deck can hold is.

For instance, typically, deck load capacity is calculated as 50 pounds per square foot. So, if you have a deck that is 50 sq. ft., it should be able to hold about 2,500 pounds, which, depending on the size of your friends, would be anywhere from 10-15 people safely.

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