RALEIGH, NC – Three people were killed in a scaffolding collapse in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina Monday morning. Officials say a section of scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise construction project and crashed into a parking lot below.
Three people were killed and another person was taken to the hospital. A support structure on the scaffolding apparently failed and the system fell apart, killing and injuring workers on the platform and on the street below. Other workers were evacuated from the 243,000-square-foot building, which is under construction.
"As a construction accident attorney who has represented workers throughout New York City, I see the tragic results of accidental falls from ladders, scaffolding, and rooftops. It's devastating because these injuries and deaths that occur could have been avoided if the workers were provided a safe environment and were using proper and working safety equipment."
-Neal Goldstein, Senior Partner Goldstein and Bashner
Authorities later identified the dead workers as Jose Erasmo Hernandez, 41, of Durham; Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez, 33, of Clinton; and Anderson Almeida, 33, of Durham, the Associated Press reported. The injured man was identified as Elmer Guevara, 53.
Workers were dismantling the scaffolding when the collapse occurred. The system had been set up by a scaffolding subcontractor.
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