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Three injured in construction accident at NC State

Posted January 22, 2014
Updated January 23, 2014

— Three construction workers were injured at N.C. State University Wednesday afternoon after the platform they stood on gave way.

The workers were helping a crane operator lift a steel beam in place inside a construction area at the Talley Student Center when the eight foot platform they stood on gave in.

The three workers fell about eight feet to the ground. None of their injuries was life-threatening, a campus spokesman said.

One person hurt his back, another injured his leg and the third has a head injury. All three were taken to WakeMed.

Students, many of whom walk by the construction site daily, were not in any danger, school officials said.

Rogers Buildings, the Charlotte-based company in charge of the project, broke ground on the expansion effort in 2011. Wednesday's incident was the first reported accident at the site, the company said

The state Department of Labor is looking into the incident, which is standard with all workplace accidents.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 23, 12:22 p.m.

    I'm glad that we have OSHA at all...unlike some other countries. Without the protections that the government demands, there would be a lot more accidents like this one resulting in many more injuries and deaths.

    It's likely that the Rogers Buildings company was violating one of the OSHA ordinances for this to happen like this.

    And at least now, the injured workers have recourse and won't just be fired for not showing up for work tomorrow.

  • wenfromwake Jan 23, 11:36 a.m.

    Thankful they weren't any higher up. Praying they fully recover and can work again soon.