In what seems to be an all-too-common occurrence recently, a partial building collapse yesterday has sadly cost the lives of 3 construction workers and injured one additional worker.
Yesterday afternoon, the Houston Fire Department responded to an emergency call involving a partially collapsed building on the West side of the city. The New York Times reported that the collapse happened during the installation of a precast concrete interior staircase that all the way from the 13th or 14th floor of the building down to the first floor.
Houston FD noted the injured worker was in stable condition following the incident. Akin to the recent building collapse in New Orleans, the assistant Houston Fire Chief Ruy Lozano told reporters that the building is currently too unstable for first responders to safely enter the building. As of Monday evening, the bodies of the 3 victims have not yet been recovered, nor have their names been released.
A total of 240 workers were on-site when the incident occurred and all have been accounted for. The building under construction plans to become the future headquarters for Marathon Oil.
Local Houston news channel KPRC has more details in the video below: