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Charter Square

Posted December 30, 2015

Crime scene tape surrounds the Charter Square building, under construction on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, after three people died and a fourth seriously injured March 23, 2015, during a construction accident.

Three people were killed and a fourth seriously injured March 23, 2015, when scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise building under construction in downtown Raleigh.

Mike Hampton, chief operating officer of the project's general contractor, Atlanta-based Choate Construction, said the workers were in the process of removing and lowering a mast climber on the 11-story Charter Square building, at 501 Fayetteville St., when something went wrong shortly before 11 a.m.

Jose Erasmo Hernandez, 41, of Durham; Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez, 33, of Clinton; and Anderson Almeida, 33, of Durham were killed. Elmer Guevara, 53, was taken to WakeMed and treated for serious injuries.

Since the deadly accident, Charter Square opened June 17, 2015, and the North Carolina Department of Labor cited and fined three of the construction companies on Sept. 23, 2015.

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