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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 02/26/2010

Wind knocks workers from scaffold

By Washington Post Editors

Two construction workers in Georgetown were seriously injured Friday morning when a strong gust of wind apparently knocked them from scaffolding and they fell about 30 feet to the ground, a D.C. fire department spokesman said.

The men, who are brothers, suffered “serious but not life-threatening injuries” shortly after 9 a.m. when the wind gust shook the scaffolding and the two lost their balance, Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

The accident occurred outside a Safeway store where construction work is underway in the 1800 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Piringer said the men, whose names and ages were not immediately available, plunged into a ditch and were briefly trapped before being extricated by firefighters. Some debris and equipment for the scaffolding fell on top of them, Piringer said. He said they were taken in ambulances to a hospital.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post Editors  | February 26, 2010; 11:51 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Weather  
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