Work­ers in­jured at Ursi­nus Col­lege

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Two con­struc­tion work­ers were in­jured Thurs­day morn­ing while work­ing on a new science and pol­icy build­ing at Ursi­nus Col­lege.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred around 11:37 a.m. when the work­ers, both of whom are em­ployed by Kins­ley Con­struc­tion, were at­tempt­ing to weld a steel trel­lis on the fourth floor of the cam­pus’s In­no­va­tion and Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to col­lege me­dia re­la­tions man­ager Ed Moor­house,

“Es­sen­tially two cen­ter sec­tions of the trel­lis col­lapsed and fell on two of the work­ers,” Moor­house said.

One of the work­ers was air­lifted to Penn Pres­by­te­rian Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Philadel­phia and the other was trans­ported to the trauma cen­ter at Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal near Al­len­town. There was no im­me­di­ate word on their con­di­tions.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, Moor­house said, con­struc­tion on the build­ing was stopped pend­ing an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Trappe, Col­legeville, Lim­er­ick and Perkiomen Town­ship fire com­pa­nies re­sponded to the scene.

“Kins­ley Con­struc­tion is deeply sad­dened by to­day’s events at the job site,” said Ciara Young, gen­eral coun­sel for Kins­ley Con­struc­tion. “At this time our safety team is on site with OSHA and Ursi­nus Col­lege per­son­nel in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and con­duct­ing in­ter­views. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of the in­jured work­ers and their fam­i­lies.”

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