Fairfield contractors crash through stairs, fall into basement - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fairfield contractors crash through stairs, fall into basement


There were some frightening moments for four construction workers who went crashing through stairs into the basement of a home in Fairfield on Thursday morning.

Three plumbers, an electrician and 300-pound tub were just too much for the temporary stairs leading up from the first to second floor of the home. The stairs gave way and all four men, including the tub, fell through and landed in the basement.

"The stairwell collapsed and it went all the way to the basement, all of them fell," the caller said during the 911 call.

Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening, but they did suffer broken bones as a result of the fall.

When police and fire got on scene, they had to set up a tripod hoist and hoist the men out of the basement back up to the main floor. 

"We believe the fall to be approximately 15 feet," said Fairfield Asst. Fire Chief Scott Bisson.

Workplace investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

The building inspector said all of the work being completed at the home was properly permitted. The inspector told Eyewitness News they used bad judgement deciding to go up temporary stairs with a 300-pound tub.

No other information was released.

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