New Orleans, LA. – Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at approximately 11:45 am New Orleans Emergency Medical Service (EMS) arrived on the scene of workers injured while attempting to raise a home. Fearing the possibility of persons trapped, EMS immediately called for assistance from the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) by requesting a full 1-alarm at 11:47 am. The first of six units carrying eighteen NOFD personnel arrived on the scene of 1300 Gov. Nichols St. at 11:50 am. Firefighters immediately performed a search to determine if anyone was trapped beneath the building. After determining that no one was trapped, firefighters assisted EMS with the treatment and transport of the workers injured on the scene. Four workers were treated and transported to area hospitals. It was confirmed that one worker sustained a shoulder injury and another broken arm. The nature of the injuries to the other two workers is unknown at this time. This incident has been referred to the city’s Department of Code Enforcement.
1st alarm: 11:47 am
On scene: 11:50 am
Under control: 12:10 am
Injuries: 4 Construction workers/ 1-shoulder injury, 1-broken or fractured arm confirmed
Cause: Building collapsed while being raised