Engineer Distances Himself From Collapsed Cowboys Practice Bubble

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DALLAS (AP) - An engineer says he had limited involvement with
the Dallas Cowboys' training facility that collapsed during a
thunderstorm leaving a man paralyzed.

Enrique Tabak told The Dallas Morning News that he was there
just a few months. Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Pa., handled the job for the Cowboys. The company is a subsidiary of a Canadian firm called Cover-All Building Systems. He's listed as the engineer responsible for the design of the Cowboys' facility and that of a Philadelphia building that collapsed in 2003.

A Pennsylvania court ruled in 2006 that Summit was negligent in
the design and construction of the membrane-covered building.
Tabak is now working for different company in Canada.

Cowboys' spokesman Rich Dalrymple would not say whether the team knew about the Philadelphia collapse when it hired Summit.

Twelve people were hurt Saturday when the structure fell. The
most seriously injured was Rich Behm, the team's 33-year-old
scouting assistant who was permanently paralyzed from the waist
down after his spine was severed.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is
investigating. Texas A&M has a similar facility by Summit Structures. A&M uses it for indoor track events and football practice during bad weather.

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