Broward County

Scaffolding collapses in Fort Lauderdale; dangling worker rescued

A harness-wearing worker dangling from underneath an Interstate 95 overpass in Fort Lauderdale Monday afternoon was rescued nearly two hours after the collapse of a large scaffolding.

The unidentified man was taken to an area hospital. His condition is unknown.

There were up to four workers on the scaffolding when it flipped and fell to the ground at around 3:30 p.m., said Fort Lauderdale police.

One worker remained dangling some 70-feet up in the until 5 p.m. as television cameras captured his predicament, then his rescued by Fort Lauderdale Fire. The other worker were pulled to safety via a cherry picker, but the last victim was dangling over water.

After being brought down, the unidentified man was taken to an area hospital.

The men had been making repairs underneath an overpass bridge on the 200 block of Southwest 21st Avenue, near Davie Boulevard. Traffic on 1-95 was not impacted because the accident occurred underneath the overpass and not visible to drivers.

Two other workers were also hospitalized.

The collapse of the scaffolding is under investigation.