Charlotte: Three construction workers fall 70 feet to their death


Three people are dead and two injured after an 'industrial accident' at a construction site in North Carolina

Three people are dead and two injured after an ‘industrial accident’ at a construction site in North Carolina (Picture: WSOC)

Three construction workers fell to their death when scaffolding collapsed at their work site.

The incident happened on the 700 block of East Morehead Street in the business district of Charlotte, North Carolina, shortly after 9am on Monday, according to the Charlotte Fire Department. The department called it an ‘industrial accident’.

Collapsed scaffolding was on the ground and three of the workers were pronounced dead at the scene, said Fire Captain Jackie Gilmore.

The three workers dropped 70 feet, officials told WCNC.

The construction incident happened on Monday morning

The construction incident happened on Monday morning (Picture: WSOC)

Two more construction workers were taken to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center after sustaining minor injuries.

Work at the construction site halted for investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to probe the incident. Construction workers were seen leaving the the site.

Dozens of first responders and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers investigated the scene.

A WSOC news chopper observed scaffolding hanging at an angle from the building under development, as well as a broken platform at the side of the structure. Scaffolding and wood appeared to be strewn across the ground.

Two workers were transported to a nearby hospital

Two workers were transported to a nearby hospital (Picture: WSOC)

A family reunification are was set up near the site.

A luxury senior living complex is being built at the site where the workers fell, the Queen City News reported. However, the developer which is based in Houston, the Bridgewood Property Company, stated that the accident took place at a different address, according to NBC News.

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