18 construction workers were on site of the under construction addition to the Willis-Knighton North Hospital in Shreveport, LA when a second story concrete slab collapsed. 9 workers were injured in the collapse, but it does not appear that any of the injuries are life threatening. The local Fire Chief, Scott Wolverton, told KSLA local news that the most difficult part of his team’s job was determining whether or not anyone was trapped under the rubble.
In the end, all 18 workers were accounted for and those that were injured were sent to nearby hospitals. One of the workers on site told reporters that the crew was just getting ready to work on the bottom floor to reinforce a slab that had started to sag. Thankfully, the collapse happened before they started, otherwise the injuries could have been much worse. The CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System told KSLA that the collapse was caused by a part of the scaffolding and infrastructure that failed while a concrete pour was taking place. An official investigation into the cause of the collapse is under way and the job has been temporarily delayed.
The video below, by Black Helmet Films, shows an aerial view of the site after the collapse occurred.
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