Downtown Raleigh Construction On Hold Post-Accident

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

raleigh construction accidentLast week's construction accident in downtown Raleigh seriously injured one man and killed three other workers. The workers were injured by a scaffolding system that allegedly failed and fell. In order for the Department of Labor to complete a thorough investigation, the construction site located at Charter Square has ceased all work, according to local news reports. 

Although the officials anticipate the investigation will take several months to complete, the construction site will likely start activity prior to then. Since our workers' compensation attorneys last posted about the accident, a few more details have been revealed:

  • How the fall occurred. The scaffolding collapse involved a track failure on a mast climber scaffold. Mast climber scaffolds are like exterior elevators for construction workers, allowing them to reach different levels of the building during the building phase.
  • The workers' names were revealed. Among those who did not survive are Jose Erasmo Hernandez and Anderson Almeida both of Durham, and Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez of Clinton. Struggling with post-accident injuries is survivor Elmer Guevara. As of this writing he is still at WakeMed hospital and privacy laws do not permit the status of his condition revealed to the public.
  • Safety violation history. Within the past decade, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports show that the company in charge of the scaffolding, Associated Scaffolding, received two violations. The building company, Choate Construction, had a single violation in the same time frame.