Workers fall 30 feet after scaffolding collapses

Two men transported to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries

POSTED: 12:01 PM CDT Oct 09, 2013    UPDATED: 05:12 PM CDT Oct 10, 2013 
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Two workers were seriously injured Wednesday morning when their scaffolding collapsed.

The men were working on the siding of a building at Katy Place Apartments on Forum Boulevard when their ladders and scaffolding collapsed around 8:40 a.m. According to authorities, the men fell approximately 30 feet to the ground.

Columbia Fire Department crews University Hospital paramedics responded to the scene. The men were transported to University Hospital as "trauma alerts" with potentially serious injuries.

Friends of the workers said on Thursday that both men are doing well.

It is not known why the scaffolding collapsed at the two-story apartment building.

OSHA TO INVESTIGATE ACCIDENT

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration representative was at the scene of the accident Thursday afternoon to inspect the scene and equipment.

Because of the government shutdown, it was difficult to reach OSHA officials. They said they were unaware of the incident until ABC 17 News informed them, but that they would be investigating the collapse.

Editor's Note: ABC 17 News reported Thursday afternoon that one of the construction workers had died following the accident.

The office incorrectly identified a deceased person as a worker from the accident at the Katy Place apartment complex. That person, Daniel Shenherr, died following a similar fall at a construction site at the Lake of the Ozarks.