Roughly a month since representatives of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) came to the deconstruction site of the old Maryland Hotel (Conklin Hotel) in downtown Hannibal to take air and material samples, no test results have yet been received.
“We’re waiting to hear from them,” said Ron Bricker, project coordinator with Bricker Excavating/Demolition which purchased the building last fall.
Early last month, Bricker reported he was told by an OSHA rep that it would take “about two weeks” to learn the test results. Instead of playing a passive waiting game, Bricker has reached out to the agency.
“We’ve tried to contact them and have gotten no response,” he said. “I’d like to know because I’d like to finish everything up on the hotel.”
The Courier-Post contacted OSHA office in St. Louis and was told no one could comment since the matter was pending.
When the samples were taken from the basement and first floor, Bricker was told his personnel could continue working above the first floor.
“We’re about to the point where we’re getting down that low,” he said. “We’ve got to get their OK to go down in the basement and first floor. When I get to the first floor they’re going to have to make a decision because we can’t be waiting around for them. I don’t want to get in trouble, but at the same time they have to understand we’ve got a job to finish and would like to get it done.”
OSHA has not been the only consideration at the 314-16-18 Broadway deconstruction site.
“The rain slowed us down a little bit,” said Bricker. “When it’s raining, nasty and slick I don’t want people working on the job because it’s a hazard. When it’s dry enough to get up there and move around, then it’s a different issue. We had some pretty good rain there for a few days and I didn’t put anybody up there.”
Up the street at 421-423 Broadway another Bricker deconstruction project is progressing.
“It’s doing real well,” said Bricker. “We have to work real slow because of the condition of the buildings. The buildings are in very bad shape. We have to take it down carefully because we’ve got several spots that are deteriorated.”