4 Workers Injured After Scaffolding Collapses

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio – Four construction workers were lucky to escape with their lives Wednesday when the scaffolding they were using came crashing down, 19/43 News' Harry Boomer reported.

The accident happened at approximately 11 a.m. when the crews were busy building a brick wall.

NewsHawk19 shot pictures of the scene that showed chunks of concrete block on top of the metal scaffold.

Two men were working on the structure when it gave way, falling onto the other men below. North Olmsted Police officials said that there was a stiff wind blowing at the time.

"They were setting up to build a new wall," Police Det. Bud Branscum said. "The scaffolding was put into place and the workers had put up a wind barrier. So, there is a possibility that could have acted as a sail."

Two of the injured workers were transported to the hospital, one with a possible broken pelvis. The two others were treated at the scene.

The building is going to be the home of a Tops grocery store. It's on the site of an old Ames department store.

Three accident investigators from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration spent much of Wednesday afternoon talking with workers, trying to find out exactly why the scaffolding collapsed.

The work site is the same place where, on Monday night, there was a scuffle between union and non-union workers over who should be allowed to work there. Police said that the two incidents don't appear to be related.