The men were caulking windows at Laurens Place condos near the Maritime Center when the three-story scaffolding collapsed. The fatal accident happened in downtown Charleston near the South Carolina Aquarium.
Specific work-safety rules should be followed when working with scaffolding as fall accidents are one of the most common causes of serious and fatal work accidents in North and South Carolina. A Carolina workers' compensation lawyer or personal injury attorney should always be called to assist victims and families dealing with a serious or fatal fall or scaffolding injury.
A 33-year-old man fell into water and was transported to the hospital. A 42-year-old man fell three stories to a concrete pad and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Bolivia native died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Charlestown County Corner's Office. Both men worked for a surfacing company and were caulking the third-floor balconies. One man fell from a ladder while the other fell from nearby scaffolding.
The preliminary investigation has not determined why the scaffolding and ladder fell. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified.