Scaffold collapses in East Liberty, injures two workers

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Two workers were injured when scaffolding fell at a hotel construction site in East Liberty this afternoon, police said.

Police and medics were called to the intersection of North Highland Avenue and Broad Street shortly after 1 p.m., Zone 5 Cmdr. Timothy O'Connor said.

The scaffolding was being used at the construction site for the Hotel Indigo, he said.

The scaffolding fell from three stories up, hitting a parked car. The driver was getting out of his vehicle and was not injured.

The driver, Max Donatien, had just parked his Volvo and was about to get out to get a soda when he heard screaming above him.

"I heard a cry and I closed the door," he said. "I laid down flat on the seat." The scaffolding crushed much of his car.

"I'm lucky to be alive," he said.

A second car, which was being driven south, was also hit by the scaffolding. That driver was not injured, either, the commander said.

The construction workers were taken to UPMC Presbyterian. Early indications were that their injuries were not life-threatening and likely consisted of broken bones and bruises, Cmdr. O'Connor said.

The city's Bureau of Building Inspection and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration were aiding in the investigation to determine why the scaffolding fell.


First Published June 18, 2014 12:00 AM

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