UPDATE: OSHA investigating downtown Lincoln scaffolding collapse

Posted By: Lauren Fabrizi

OSHA is investigating what caused scaffolding to collapse in downtown Lincoln Saturday.

“We conduct interviews, we take measurements, we collect a lot of information,” Bonita Winingham of OSHA said. “We look at evidence.”

The incident happened around 3 p.m. near 10th and M Streets. The scaffolding fell from the housing building that’s being built there.

Authorities said two cars were headed northbound on 10th Street when they became trapped underneath the debris. Those inside made it out before crews arrived. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Another was not injured. 

No construction workers were near the scaffolding at the time. Others working elsewhere were not injured.

“We’re just extremely fortunate it was minimized to a very, very, minor situation,” Battalion Chief Jeanne Pashelak of Lincoln Fire & Rescue said.

LFR wouldn’t speculate whether strong winds were to blame. 

OSHA said the investigation could take up to 6 months. Officials will look into whether the scaffolding was fastened properly, if the base plates and mud seals were up to standard and if workers received the right training before putting it up, among other requirements.

If there are any violations, the scaffolding company could be cited and possibly fined.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News reached out to the owner of the scaffolding company, but did not receive a call back.