UPDATE: OSHA opens investigation into Amerock scaffolding collapse

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Updated March 16, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

UPDATE: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it is launching an investigation following the collapse of scaffolding at the Amerock building earlier this month.

Scott Allen, a spokesperson for OSHA says the agency has an open investigation with the general contractor, Gorman and Company, Brand Energy, the company who built the scaffolding and Mike Harris Masonry, the company using the scaffolding.

Strong winds caused the collapse on March 5. Workers say four people were on the scaffolding when it began to detach from the downtown building; all made it off safely.


Posted March 5, 2018, 1:51 a.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Construction crews working at the Amerock Building in downtown Rockford had to rush off a scaffolding before it collapsed.

Workers tell 23 News four people were on the scaffolding when they noticed it began to detach from the side of the building.

All four were able to make it off safely before the collapse. No one was hurt.

According to the City of Rockford Government's Facebook page, the scaffolding was installed in late January 2018 shortly after work began on the building. An elevator was also installed to carry equipment and construction materials to all floors of the building.

The $87.5 million development project to turn the historic building in a 160-room hotel and conference center is expected to be complete by 2020.