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One killed, one injured in scaffolding collapse

08-24-2010

One killed, one injured in scaffolding collapse

According to authorities, the scaffolding supporting a work crew working on the windows at Laurens Place, a waterfront condomnium complex in downtown Charleston, collapsed around 4 PM Monday, killing one worker and injuring another.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other fell into the Charleston Harbor and was rushed to Medical University Hospital, but the extent of his injuries are not yet known.

While the Charleston County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the first man’s death, information as to who the man was or what company he worked for has not been released. Witnesses say that at least three workers had been using the scaffolding prior to the tragic accident. The scaffolding was about 20 feet above the ground, and the workers had set up an extension ladder on top of it.

One witness saw the setup as he left the complex. “When I saw that I was like, ‘What are they thinking?’ That is so dangerous.”

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims in this tragic incident.

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