Three workers briefly dangle from side of OLOL

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Three construction workers were rescued Wednesday after a scaffold off Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center broke, hospital and Baton Rouge Fire Department officials said.
Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Three construction workers were rescued Wednesday after a scaffold off Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center broke, hospital and Baton Rouge Fire Department officials said.

Three construction workers briefly dangled Wednesday morning from a scaffold off Our Lady Of the Lake Regional Medical Center on Essen Lane but were rescued before firefighters arrived to help, hospital and fire department officials said.

The men were working outside the building on the scaffold shortly before 10 a.m. when something caused the structure to fall, Our Lady of the Lake spokeswoman Kelly Zimmerman said.

Officials said they believe one of the cables on the scaffold broke, Zimmerman said.

“Initial investigations point to cable fatigue, which can occasionally happen despite regular and frequent safety inspections,” Zimmerman said.

The three workers were wearing safety harnesses and were taken to safety without injury, Zimmerman said.

Firefighters were called to the hospital to help but were told to turn around before they arrived, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

Neal Moon, of Womack J.E. Dunn, the construction company working on the hospital’s expansion, said the workers were installing glass panes at the time of the incident.

“They’re a little shaken up,” Moon said.

Zimmerman said one of the workers was rescued through the opening where they were installing the window, while the other two were rescued “over the top of the building.”

The workers were checked by emergency personnel and were found to have no injuries, Zimmerman said.

Womack J.E. Dunn and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident, Zimmerman said.