TX Construction Accident: 4 Workers Trapped Underneath Collapsed Structure

11/11/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

El Paso, TX—Strong wind gusts are believed to be the cause of a structure collapse on James Watt Drive, which sent three people to the hospital on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Emergency crews responded to the scene, located at 11351 James Watt Drive near Lee Trevino Street at 11:18 a.m., as reported by KFOXTV.

Four construction workers were reportedly working on a roof when a frame of the building suddenly fell, taking the construction workers down with the structure. All four workers became trapped underneath the rubble.

Witnesses and responding rescue crews helped to pull the workers from the debris, before transporting three workers to the University Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Officials reported that the injuries were serious but were not considered to be life-threatening. The fourth worker was injured, but not seriously, and refused medical treatment.

The building was reportedly fully framed and the workers were putting on the roof when one of the frames suddenly gave way.

The wind gusts in the area that day reportedly reached 34 mph. Witnesses cited the strong gusty winds as the cause of the collapse. Authorities are investigating the cause.

Officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the accident.

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