New Haven construction collapse
06/02/23 New Haven, CT – New Haven firefighters responded to 188 LaFayette St. shortly before one p.m. for a reported construction accident with a partial collapse. First-arriving companies found chaos throughout the site as workers were attempting to assist the injured, while others continued to work.
Firefighters found six people trapped within the collapse of wood forms, rebar, and wet cement. They had to work fast in dangerous conditions to search for and extricate the injured. Five workers were carried out via stokes baskets. One was removed via a high point, a hauling system set up using Truck 1 and ropes. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to rescue, package, and remove this worker. Eight were injured in the collapse with several in critical condition at area hospitals. The cause is being investigated by OSHA, the fire marshal’s office, and building officials.