Four construction workers rescued by firefighters after a scaffold collapsed beneath an Interstate 95 bridge are expected to be OK, a state official said Tuesday.
The incident happened at 3:30 p.m. Monday beneath the bridge, which is 55 feet above the New River at its highest point and connects to Interstate 595.
Three laborers were left dangling from safety harnesses and a fourth was found in debris on the ground, officials said.
All four were taken to Broward Health Medical Center as a precaution, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said.
Though the span is off limits to workers until investigations are finished, one of them returned to work Tuesday at the job site that encompasses four bridges, Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Barbara Kelleher said.
It was the first construction accident at the project, and Kelleher said, "It's our understanding that the one who was most seriously injured will recover."
An inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was at the site Tuesday morning, Kelleher said.
It is an $18 million job the state awarded to Seminole Equipment of Tarpon Springs and work that began in July 2013 includes pressure cleaning, repainting and inspection of the integrity of the structures. It is estimated to finish on time on Aug. 8, 2014, Kelleher said.
The laborers involved in Monday's incident are employees of Seminole Equipment's subcontractor, V&M Erectors Inc. of Pembroke Pines.
The two construction companies could not be reached for comment despite telephone messages left at their offices.
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