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Construction decking collapses in Theater District

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BOSTON (WHDH) -

Two workers were injured after construction decking collapsed in Boston’s Theater District just after 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

“A section of the top floor gave way. They were putting something heavy on the roof. It caused roof to give in. Unfortunately, two workers were under that. They both got hurt but from what we understand they are not life threatening injuries,” Police Commissioner William Evans said.

It happened at a high-rise apartment building. According to Police Commissioner William Evans, the materials being lowered down on to the top of the building via construction crane were too heavy. It caused part of the top floor, the twelfth floor, to collapse and then fall down to the fifth floor. Police called this a pancake collapse.

“It made a big rumble and we just took off out of the building,” one construction worker said.

The two workers were trapped and Boston emergency responders had to go in and help them out, facing all the debris. One worker was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to Tufts Medical Center with a serious head injury. The other worker, who suffered a back injury, was treated and released.

The commissioner said all other workers were accounted for.

“Thank god it wasn't more serious,” Evans said.

One of the injured workers has been released from the hospital; the condition of the other worker is not know.
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