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Cause of scaffolding collapse still under investigation

Construction work can be among the most dangerous there is. That fact was brought home again earlier this month at the site of a building under construction. Scaffolding collapsed at the site of a new structure going up near Minute Maid Park, which is home to the Houston Astros.

Fortunately, there were no fatalities. However, six construction workers were taken to area hospitals. Their injuries were reportedly "not life-threatening, but…serious," according to a fire department spokesperson.

Meanwhile, firefighters searched through the debris from the collapse to ensure that no one was trapped underneath. Fortunately, everyone who had been working on the scaffolding and in the building was accounted for.

Although there were multiple witnesses, the cause of the collapse has not yet been officially announced. There was a report that a car hit the side of the scaffolding before driving away.

A plumber working inside the building said that when he heard a noise, he went to a window, where he saw that "everything was falling apart." A witness who was in a nearby building said that immediately after the massive collapse, "people that were around started pulling the fence off the building trying to get to the workers." Some 30 fire trucks as well as some heavy-rescue units responded to the scene.

A spokesman for the company that owns what is set to be a nearly-400-unit complex said that they are "monitoring the situation very closely and working alongside authorities as we try to determine the cause of this accident." The fire department has already scanned the building using specialized equipment in order to spot any movement or weaknesses that could lead to a secondary collapse.

All parties involved in a construction site have a responsibility to keep the workers at that site as safe as possible and to ensure appropriate compensation for any injuries that do occur. If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction site, and you have concerns about either of those things, it may be wise to seek the advice of a Georgia workers' compensation attorney.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Construction scaffolding collapses near Minute Maid Ballpark; several injured," Craig Hlavaty and St. John Barned-Smith, Oct. 16, 2015

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