What may have started as a regular day for a team of construction workers working on a university building, but it ended with four of the workers hospitalized and three of them in serious condition. It remains to be seen what caused this horrible construction site accident, as well as how long it will take before the injured construction workers will be allowed to resume work, if ever.
Nearly everyone in Denver realizes that Colorado buildings must be up to code, meaning that there are specific safety features that must be present in a building to prevent it from collapsing or causing injury to someone. At the same time, there are also very specific rules that buildings under construction in Colorado must be safe, protecting construction workers from accidents like the one that happened earlier this week.
Although this tragic building collapse is certainly not minor, it is lucky that only four people were injured out of the approximately 25 to 30 construction workers that were there at the time. The men were trapped for nearly 30 minutes as rescuers raced to stabilize the remaining structure and clear away the debris to find the injured men.
One of the construction workers was admitted to the hospital, but was treated and released; the other construction workers were more seriously injured. Two young workers were admitted in stable condition and another man was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The hospital has not reported on whether the wounds were fatal or what the prognosis for the three is.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, "4 injured when A&M equine center collapses," Carol Christian, June 22, 2012