FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A construction accident in Fairfield has sent four workers to the hospital. It happened at a house that's under construction as workers were carrying a huge cast iron tub.
This accident really speaks to the potential danger of any construction project, especially when heavy objects are being moved in tight quarters.
It was shortly after 9:00 when the frantic 911 call came into Fairfield police of a frightening accident at a house under construction on South Gate Lane.
The 911 call said, "four guys just went down four stairs into a basement, you gotta send some ambulances."
The three plumbers and one electrician were carrying a three hundred pound cast iron tub from the first to the second floor on a temporary staircase that suddenly gave way.
"The stairs flipped and they went, the stairs and them and the unit right through the bottom stairs into the basement," said Jim Gilleran, Fairfield Building Official.
The rescue effort that followed was delicate the victims ended up in the basement of the house under debris.
"We established contact with the patients. We set up an advanced rope rescue system using high point anchors on the first floor and lowering a stokes rescue basket into the basement where we collected the patient's on a backboard, collars and cervical mobilization devices," said Assistant Chief Scott Bisson, Fairfield fire department.
Officials say all four were conscious when they were taken to nearby hospitals. Their injuries said to be serious but not life threatening.
Meantime as the investigation gets underway, the city's building inspector is baffled by at least one aspect of how the work was being conducted.
"My question was there a lull here, a forklift they use to so siding for windows and sidings and stuff, why they didn't take out one of the windows and pull the tub on the lull and slide it through the window I have no idea," said Gilleran.
Again authorities say all four of the contractors were seriously hurt but are expected to survive.
Meantime OSHA will handle the investigation.
Even though many of the agency's workers are currently furloughed due to the government shutdown that does not effect accident investigations.
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