Scaffolding Collapsed onto City Bus in Harlem, 17 Injured

09/20/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Harlem, NY — Building scaffold collapsed onto a city bus, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, leaving 17 people with injuries at West 125th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem. The accident occurred around 9:25 a.m., where scaffolding had been erected at 301 West 125th Street for a five-story brick building that was being demolished, reported the New York Times.

Fire officials reported that the injuries are considered minor and not life-threatening. Eight injured victims were reportedly passengers on the city bus and two police officers sustained minor injuries.

It was not reported if anyone was transported to a hospital for medical treatment.

According to preliminary investigations, falling bricks knocked down the scaffolding while work was being conducted on the elevator shaft inside the building.

The buildings department reportedly received a complaint about the demolition on Sept. 7, but inspectors found no issues after arriving at the site. The project has all the permits required for the demolition.

People waiting at the bus stop reportedly had just boarded the bus right before the bricks began to rain down, likely saving them from serious injury.

Investigations into the demolition accident are underway. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are also expected to investigate the accident.

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