ABC reports there are two critically injured people and five others hurt after a scaffolding collapse at an apartment complex in Hackensack, N.J., at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2015. The injured men were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.
The garden-style three-story apartment complex consists of 200 apartments in ten buildings. The workers were trying to repair the roof on the complex when the scaffolding collapsed, sending the men plummeting 35 feet down, as reported by Fire Capt. Justin Derevyanik. The cause of the scaffolding collapse is currently under investigation by the Occupational, Safety, and Health Association (OSHA). According to Daily Voice, the scaffolding was not permitted.
Daily Voice also reported a watchful neighbor who stated that the scaffolding had been held up by precarious ladders. The neighbor claimed that it wasn’t even a real scaffolding. Observing people were wondering how the contraption was able to hold so many people.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification is collecting evidence for an official investigation. As reported by Daily Voice.com, the unpermitted scaffolding may have caused the collapse, which resulted in two men being critically injured.
The two seriously injured men are reported by ABC News to be in stable condition. The other five suffered minor injuries from the scaffolding collapse.
By Rowena Portch
ABC News: 7 Hurt 2 Critically in Hackensack Apartment Complex Scaffold Collapse
DailyVoice: No Permits in Hackensack Scaffold Collapse
Image Courtesy of Fire Captain Justin Derevyanik