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4 injured in Mass. scaffolding collapse

A language barrier led to the initial call being dispatched as a medical emergency at a Milford construction site



By Jackson Cote

MILFORD, Mass. — Four people were injured after scaffolding collapsed in Milford on Friday, according to law enforcement.

First responders received a 911 call around 2:15 p.m. Friday from a frantic caller yelling for help. There appeared to be a language barrier between the caller and the dispatcher, but the message that was communicated was there was a medical emergency at a construction site at 375 Main St., Milford Deputy Police Chief John Sanchioni told MassLive.

Milford police officers, firefighters and EMS responded to the scene and determined four men, all of whom were construction workers doing roofing, were on scaffolding around 20 feet in the air when the center section gave way and crashed to the ground, according to Sanchioni.

“They all came crashing to the ground once that gave way,” the police chief said.

One of the workers was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with serious injuries. He was knocked unconscious and woke up before being transported to the hospital. The other three men suffered injuries that were more minor and were taken to Milford Regional Medical Center, according to Snachioni.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, was investigating the incident.

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