1 Worker Killed, Several Injured in Scaffolding Collapse

Scaffold signRIO RANCHO, N.M. – A six-story scaffolding collapse on Tuesday outside a New Mexico medical center, has killed one construction worker and injured seven others, including three critically.

Amanda Schoenberg, media spokesperson at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho told SUN News that 21 feet of scaffolding buckled and collapsed from the top down at about 1 p.m.

Schoenberg said eight workers were injured in the accident and were being treated at various area hospitals, and one later died.

Construction on a second patient tower at the medical center has been going on since last year. Nearly 240 workers were at the construction site Tuesday.

The cause of the scaffold collapse wasn’t immediately known. Authorities said officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been notified of the incident.

Clay Holderman, chief operating officer of Presbyterian’s Central Delivery System said most of the workers were on the fifth floor when the scaffold collapsed. A subcontractor built the scaffold, which employees were using to work on windows and other items.

We have learned that the site is now closed, and all workers have been sent home.

Holderman said the site will not be reopened until both OSHA and their own contractors and engineers have deemed the site safe.