LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Four people were injured Friday — including three critically — after a fall into a shaft on a six-story building construction site in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said.

The injuries occurred at the site of a building under construction in the 11000 block of Otsego Street in the North Hollywood.

Four people were injured when they fell three stories at the construction site, according to preliminary reports.

“I was just doing some labor down below and we heard a crash,” said construction worker Chris Olson.

“They were on some kind of plank and it gave way,” Olson said. According to reports, the men were on the plank carrying a heavy piece of metal they were attempting to weld to a wall.

Construction worker Demetrius Minifield said that type of work is usually done with a crane or lift.

“That’s what they should’ve done,” said Minifield.

Officials with Cal/OSHA were notified of the incident.

It was initially reported that six workers were injured, two critically.


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