Two construction workers rescued at UB’s new medical school

Two construction workers were rescued Monday morning after a scaffolding issue at the new UB medical school.

An equipment issue left the scaffold hanging “at a severe angle” from the eight-story building, according to The Buffalo News. The workers’ secondary harnesses activated and leveled them to the ground.

Firefighters were called to the scene at roughly 6:30 a.m.

No medical transportation or treatment was necessary.

The project for the new medical school is the largest capital project in the university’s 170-year history. Roughly 300 construction workers work on site every day. The number of construction workers is expected to increase.

The new site will include teaching and research space, an expanded patient-care training center and walkways to the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical campus.

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