August 5, 2011 - Philadelphia, Pa - An accident sent 3 construction site workers to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Thursday, July 28, when part of a concrete column broke off of the façade of a building in the vicinity of Independence Mall in which they were working, Philly.com has reported.
The early afternoon accident happened at the Lafayette Building, on Ranstead and Fifth streets, when part of the façade plummeted nearly 10 stories, according to fire officials.
Fire authorities said the object, which was a bit larger than the size of an adult, slammed onto a worker and caused injuries to another. A third construction worker had a heart attack during the accident. The worker who was directly hit, a 47-year-old, had to have the majority of his right leg amputated. The names of the injured victims have not been disclosed.
The building has since been inspected by the city, which they have declared it to be in safe condition; however, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct its own investigation, and the findings will be released within 6 months from now.
Craig Sabatino, of Intech Construction, which is overseeing the project, could not be reached for a comment.
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