6 Injured in Houston Scaffolding Collapse
At least six people were injured Friday morning when scaffolding at an unfinished building collapsed in downtown Houston, Texas.
Details of the Scaffolding Collapse
“All I heard was a thud and that’s when the scaffolding fell. I rushed toward the window to see what was happening and everything was falling apart.” – Eric Valdez as published by the Houston Chronicle
According to the Houston Chronicle, authorities were called to respond to a scaffolding collapse at the intersection of 500 Crawford near Congress around 11:10 am.
Preliminary reports indicate workers were completing a construction project at a job site across the street form Minute Maid Park when a section of scaffolding collapsed, trapping several people.
Roughly 30 Houston Fire Department trucks responded to the scene as responders shifted through the debris looking for potential victims. Fortunately, all workers have been accounted for. Six construction workers were transported to area hospitals though their injuries are not considered life threatening.
Several at the scene have reported seeing a black car clip the side of the scaffolding immediately before the collapse; however, neither the fire department nor the police department has confirmed the occurrence.
Construction Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014, averaging to more than 13 deaths per day.
- 4,251 of those fatalities were recorded in private industry and 874 were associated with construction accidents.
- Among the leading causes of construction-related deaths were:
- Struck by object
- Scaffolding violations was the third most frequently cited standard by Federal OSHA in the 2014 fiscal year.