The construction site of a Yale University chiller plant in New Haven, Ct is now the site of an official investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA). The accident occurred as two workers were inside a mechanical lift, working on the construction of the building. A large I-beam fell onto the workers and the lift, causing them to fall to the ground.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Black, “it was unclear if the other two injured workers were somewhere elevated in the structure and fell to the ground with the beam falling on top of them or they were on the ground when the collapse happened.”
Four workers were injured during the collapse, one being pinned under the beam from his knees to his hips. Crushing injuries were apparent and rescue workers employed high-pressure air bags and other lifting equipment to free him from the wreckage.
The other three workers suffered serious injuries as well, to include broken bones, crushing injuries and potential internal injuries. However, all four were conscious and alert as they were taken away by emergency medical personnel.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that all of the workers are on their way to making full recoveries from their injuries.