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Scaffold collapses in River North

October 27, 2008 3:40:46 PM PDT
Two workers are hospitalized with serious injuries after a scaffold collapsed in the 300-block of West Ohio. Both men suffered head injuries, according to officials, who say one of the men had to be rescued as he dangled off the side of the River North building- from 100 feet up. Officials say the man was trapped between the building and the scaffolding.

"Upon arrival what we found was a swing stage had slid off the side of the building and was hanging in a vertical position. We had one man still pinned between the top of the building and the scaffold. A second worker was on the scaffold and somehow got himself off. He was as on the seventh floor. He was removed by paramedic," said Chief Mike Fox, Chicago Fire Dept. Special Operations.

According to reports, the men work for a window and roofing company.

More than 50 firefighters worked to pull the dangling man to safety.

"It took a little over an hour to extricate him. While we were doing it, paramedics were giving him saline solution and oxygen due to his injuries," said Chief Fox. "We used a crane from across the street. They assisted us lifting the scaffold up and extricating the victim."

Both men are in critical condition at Northwestern Hospital with head injuries.

A stop-work order has been placed on the building.


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