Five Workers Hurt in Virginia Tech Scaffolding Collapse

Hydraulic scaffolding gave way in construction zone on Blacksburg campus


 
 

JACOB DEMMITT, The Roanoke Times | | Monday, July 1, 2013


Five people were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg at midday Friday.

Three of the hurt were carried away in ambulances with injuries that were not considered life-threatening while the other two were treated on-site. None of those hurt was a university student or employee, according to a university news release.

The accident happened inside a fenced off construction zone surrounding Davidson Hall near the Drillfield.

A hydraulic scaffolding rig had been raised to the second floor when part of it gave way about 11:45 a.m. Construction crews stood by as police and ambulances blocked off roads and carried away the injured.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation, according to the news release.

Davidson Hall houses classrooms, laboratories and offices for Virginia Tech's chemistry department. The building is undergoing a two-year renovation that will provide 45,000 square feet of state-of-the-art lab space and a new lecture hall that will seat 300 people.



Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, construction accidents

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Las Vegas Fire, AMR Reach New Deal

Tentative agreement reached over ambulance calls.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Fire Damages Several Homes in California Earthquake

Four homes destroyed and others damaged after quake rattles Napa.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Image Trend: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ImageTrend just challenged NEMSIS TAC and a couple others.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.?

A.J. Heightman participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way!
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.? Scranton

JEMS Editor-in-Chief visits his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Over 100 Injured in California Earthquake

172 patients treated at Napa hospital after 6.0-magnitude earthquake.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Numerous Rescues during Arizona Flooding

Severe flooding across the region prompted several rescues.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >