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Crews work to secure leaning scaffolding on downtown Seattle building

Crews are working to secure a tall section of scaffolding that somehow broke loose from the side of a building under construction in downtown Seattle Monday evening, March 19, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News/Air 4)

SEATTLE - Crews worked to secure a tall section of leaning scaffolding that somehow broke loose from the side of a building under construction in downtown Seattle Monday evening.

Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene at Howell Street and Minor Ave. just before 5 p.m.

The scaffolding could be seen slightly leaning away from the building.

Seattle Fire said no one was injured.

Fire fighters and construction workers, along with a crane operator are worked to support the scaffolding and prevent it from falling.

Seattle Police blocked off the two left lanes of Howell St. between Minor Ave. and Yale Ave. They also blocked off Minor Ave. at Stewart Street.

Both roads were fully reopened just after 7:30 p.m. after the site was secured.

Workers don't yet know what caused the scaffolding to clean.

In a statement, the company overseeing the project said workers noticed the scaffolding starting to lean and immediately notified police and firefighters: “This afternoon, crews working on the Nexus project observed that a formwork system was beginning to lean out from the building. Crews took immediate action and, out of an abundance of caution, worked with the city to close adjacent streets. The fire department was contacted and is on site working with crews to position the formwork back in place. No one was injured and the steps we are taking are to ensure safety on site and to the public. We will update you when we have more information.” – Matt Sanborn, Vice President of Business Development, Skanska


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