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13 workers injured when floor collapses beneath them at Oakland construction site

Thirteen workers at a construction project in downtown Oakland were injured Friday when scaffolding on the second floor gave way and the men fell more than 10 feet to the floor below, fire officials said.

The men were on the second level of the planned mixed-use building at 3093 Broadway about 9:30 a.m. and pouring wet concrete for the floor when support scaffolding gave way and the workers fell, said Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Ian McWhortey.

The cause of the collapse has yet to be determined.

Video posted to social media in the moments after the collapse showed a man splayed out in the wet concrete and barely moving, while others’ legs were buried in the soggy grey material. The video showed men shouting and scrambling to help their colleagues.

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“On-site workers did a great job with assisting those under small debris,” McWhortey said.

In all, 13 people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, including back strains, bruises and scrapes, he said. Cal/OSHA and paramedics were also on the scene investigating, McWhortey said.

The building is being constructed by Johnstone Moyer Inc. The firm lists the project as a multi-story, mixed-use building with 423 apartment units and thousands of feet of retail space.

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The company declined to comment on the crash Friday morning.

joseph.serna@latimes.com

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UPDATES:

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12:20 a.m.: This article was updated with the number of injured workers and comments from Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Ian McWhortey.

This article was originally published at 10:50 a.m.


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