Scaffolding should be safe for workers and passersby, but it can quickly become dangerous. In some cases, the scaffolding may have been improperly installed or negligently maintained. The scaffold may be defective. In other cases, outside forces intervene. In one recent case in which New York scaffolding became damaged, a crash sent an SUV careening into scaffolding on a building, creating a chaotic accident scene.
The accident happened near the United Nations on 42nd Street and First Avenue one recent afternoon. An SUV and a taxi crashed on 42nd Street. The impact of the collision sent the SUV into scaffolding on a building nearby. As a result, the second of the scaffolding started to come apart. It hung overhead at the accident site.
In the meantime, three people in the vehicles were hurt. News reports said that the driver of the SUV had a leg injury. The driver of the taxi and a passenger were also injured. In addition, a bicyclist was hit in the accident. A witness saw the bicyclist laying on the ground when ambulances and fire trucks arrived.
A fire department official says the accident scene was initially very dangerous, with four accident victims below precariously hanging scaffolding. But those involved in the accident were transported to hospitals for treatment, and there were no reports of passersby or construction workers being in harm’s way. Crews appeared later that day to begin repairing the scaffolding.
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Source: CBS New York, “4 People Hurt After SUV Crashes Into Scaffolding In Manhattan,” Sept. 5, 2013