Contractors Injured in Fairfield Stairwell Collapse

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    NBCConnecticut.com

    Four people have been transported to the hospital after a stairwell collapsed at a house at 138 South Gate Lane in Fairfield and they landed in the basement.

    The house is under construction, and three plumbers and an electrician were carrying a cast iron tub up a temporary staircase to the third floor when it collapsed to the basement, officials said.

    The four workers were trapped in the basement, and firefighters used a tripod and rope system and a stokes basket to free the men.

    The workers suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, officials said, and were taken to the hospital. 

    Two patients were transported to Bridgeport Hospital and the other two to Saint Vincent’s Medical Center.

    One suffered a head injury, one broke a leg and one broke an ankle. No information was immediately available about injuries the fourth person sustained. 

    Emergency crews said the extraction was challenging, with medics and firefighters using a ladder, but the rescue took 38 minutes.

    “Fairfield Fire crews worked efficiently and effectively to manage patient care and packaging despite limited access and the hazards of hanging lumber and an iron tub that needed to be secured before initiating patient removal as quickly and safely as possible,” Assistant Chief Scott Bisson said.

    The call came in at 9:10 a.m. and the fourth worker was transported from the scene at 9:53 a.m.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a Fairfield building official will investigate.