NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – Three workers were injured Wednesday when the deck collapsed on a triple-decker apartment building in the city, according to fire officials and residents.
A resident who said he lives on the third floor of the building, located at 234 Phillips Ave., said the deck has been closed off for some time, but it appeared that it was being worked on Wednesday when the collapse took place.
According to New Bedford police, the men injured were workers with Moreno Construction. The men told officers they were on the third floor making arrangements to remove the deck, so they could install windows in place of a door.
Police said a fire department crew was training nearby at an abandoned school, enabling a quick response.
Police said two of the men – Polin Andrade, 39, and Concepcion Andrade, 42, both of New Bedford – suffered neck and back injuries and were taken to Rhode Island Hospital. A third worker – Carlos Moreno-Ochoa, 34, also of New Bedford – suffered a minor leg injury and told police he would see medical attention on his own.
City inspectors were notified of the collapse and responded to the scene to investigate.
The city of New Bedford released the following statement Wednesday:
Earlier today, an unfortunate construction accident occurred at a residential multi-family house located on Phillips Avenue. A contractor was conducting repairs to the front porch at 234 Phillips Avenue when the porch collapsed. According to the City of New Bedford Building Department records, the owner of the property had obtained a valid permit to conduct repairs to the front porch. At this time, the matter is being investigated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).”