The accident happened around 10 a.m. Saturday at 62nd and Sangamon Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood, where the men were working on a building that was converted to a woman’s shelter. They were doing tuckpointing work when the scaffolding collapse occurred. Both men were taken to Stroger Hospital. The two men were in critical condition, according to the Breaking News Center.
The building is owned by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Chicago Fire Department reported that the building could be unstable and the city’s building department is being called in to assess its integrity.
The men were working on the two-story building when bricks crumbled off a portion of the structure that rises above the top floor. Yellow tape has secured the area from pedestrians out of concern over the stability of the structure. CBS 2 reported that the swing stage’s anchor detached from the building, causing the scaffolding to crash to the ground. A concrete block then landed on the 28-year-old worker.