A scaffolding collapse in Raleigh has killed three workers and injured six more. The accident happened on the morning of March 23.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. It’s a $54 Million Construction Project
The construction is part of an 11-story office building going in across the street from the downtown Marriot hotel on Charter Square in Raleigh. According to the Raleigh Connoisseur, the project was expected to be finished in the summer of 2015. The construction is being done at a cost of $54 million across 243,000-square-feet.
2. Parts of the Scaffolding Crashed Into a Building Across the Street
The support structure of the scaffolding gave out on the fifth floor the building, sending it crashing into the the building across the street, reports the News Observer. Parts of it became lodged in that structure. One witness, Leroy Kelly, told WRAL that “I ran, and it fell like 2 feet away from me.” Kelly had been doing concrete work at the base of the building.
3. Workers Have Been Evacuated From the Building
WRAL reports that streets around the accident are closed with dozens of construction workers being evacuated from the scene. The accident happened at 501 Fayetteville Street.
4. The Construction Company in Question Has a Pretty Clean Record in North Carolina
The building was being done by Choate Construction, reports WNCN. In 2014, that company was cited for construction violations in Raleigh involving combustible and flammable liquids. WNCN says that the violation said “At least one portable fire extinguisher having a rating of not less than 20-B unites shall be located not less than 25 feet, nor more than 75 feet, from any flammable liquid storage area located outside.” The realty company involved in the project is Dominion Realty Partners.
5. North Carolina’s Department of Labor Are Investigating
Police, firefighters, and investigators from the North Carolina Department of Labor are all on scene, reports WRAL.