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THREE workers were hurt at the Imperial Pacific International construction site in Garapan after a scaffolding collapsed on Friday morning.

IPI, in a statement, said: “It’s always unfortunate when incidents happen at a construction site. We pray for the speedy recovery of the workers involved, and we’ll cooperate fully with U.S. Occupational Safety Health Administration and NMI Department of Public Works in investigating the cause. We will continue to uphold and enforce high safety standards.”

Emergency personnel attend to one of the injured workers at the IPI construction site, Friday, in Garapan.  Contributed photo

The local construction workers are employed by IPI, Variety learned.

The Commonwealth Casino Commission, for its part, stated, “Preliminary investigation attributes the incident to a platform collapsing.”

CCC said after learning of the incident, it deployed its enforcement and investigation agents to the construction site to monitor the situation.

Gaming operations were not affected by the incident, the CCC added.

In a separate statement, the Torres-Palacios administration said that CNMI government enforcement agencies responded effectively to the accident.

“[The Department of Public Works] and [the Department of Labor] will be conducting site assessments to ensure a safer work environment for the future, and the CCC will continue their work of enforcing the casino operations. We will continue to share additional information as it becomes available,” the administration stated.

Dispatch call

In a statement, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services said on Friday, at 11:24 a.m., it received a forwarded Department of Public Safety dispatch call “from a male individual reporting multiple people [were] injured from a collapsed scaffolding” at the Imperial Pacific International construction site in Garapan.

At 11:24 a.m. Medic-1 from Susupe Fire station, Medic-2 and Engine-2 from the Garapan Fire station were dispatched to the location, DFEMS said, adding that the first arriving unit, Medic-2, was on scene at 11:25 a.m.

“Upon arrival, DFEMS personnel found two patients [lying] on their backs and a third patient sitting.

“Patient one (48-year-old male, Chamorro) was complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. Based on assessment, patient sustained a one-and-a-half-inch laceration to his forehead. The patient stated he was working alongside another male individual when the man-made scaffolding fell on top of them causing them to fall one story below.

“Patient two (48-year-old male, Chuukese) was complaining of body wide pain. He stated he was working alongside patient one. Both patients said they did not lose consciousness and were fully mobilized using a cervical collar and spine board to prevent any further injuries.

“Patient three (20-year-old male, Chamorro) was complaining of body wide pain. He stated he was working on top of the scaffold when it collapsed. Patient stated he fell about 10 feet (one story) down and landed on his back. Patient said he did not lose consciousness. Patient sustained obvious signs of swelling to the lower left leg along with multiple contusions and abrasions to the lower back area.”

DFEMS said all three patients were treated and transported to the Commonwealth Health Center Emergency Room.

“No information regarding the patient’s condition will be released by DFEMS. Updates on the patients’ treatment and status at CHC should be referred to its public information officer.”

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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