A major scaffolding collapse injured six construction workers Friday afternoon and the moment it happened was caught by a tourist and recorded on a cell phone camera.
Construction tradesmen were hard at work on an apartment complex near Minute Maid Park in Houston when an entire building side of scaffolding collapsed, trapping 6 workers in the rubble. That moment was caught on tape in an exclusive video, which was shared on twitter by KHOU’s Jacqueline Crea and you can watch below:
A cloud of dust was created by the falling scaffold and moments later, surrounding workers ran to the scene to help out. Three minutes later, according to KHOU, the Houston Fire Department was on the scene searching for the victims. All six of the workers trapped in the scaffolding were rescued and taken to the nearby Memorial Hermann Hospital. None had life threatening injuries, but several sustained broken bones, cuts and bruises.
OSHA will be conducting an official review of the collapse, but KHOU also talked to a construction safety expert in the Houston area about the collapse. Richard Jessup’s first inclination was to point his finger at a nearby boom lift that was underneath a mound of scaffolding. The reasons why can be found in KHOU’s article here.
We’ll update everyone with OSHA’s official report when it is released.
Below is KHOU’s official news report about the accident:
The construction industry has never been one to freely share information without charging a fee. That’s changed slightly recently, with some major players willing to provide useful tools and information to help us become better. For instance, we recently shared that Procore has released hundreds of free continuing education courses on their education platform. Another useful site we’ve found recently has shared dozens of toolbox talks to help your team on the jobsite learn about safety.
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If your company did not electronically submitted its 2016 OSHA 300A injury and illness log to OSHA before December 31, 2017, they could be facing an other-than-serious violation with a maximum penalty of $12,934. We tried to warn you, and warn you, and warn you again.
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Since the FIU bridge collapse last Thursday, there has been a lot of speculation on how exactly this catastrophe happened, based on pieces of information learned over the past few days, as well as a couple grainy videos of the collapse. It’s going to be a long time before investigations into the true causes are determined and all the dust surrounding impending lawsuits clears, but for now, we have one very interesting Youtube video explaining a plausible cause of the failure.