Construction site reopens after scaffolding accident 

A San Francisco construction site where two carpenters fell from scaffolding last week has been declared safe by state safety inspectors for work to resume today, company officials said.

The workers for San Francisco-based Webcor Builders were installing scaffolding at 350 Mission St. when vertical scaffolding tipped over around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, according to company officials. The pair was attached to the scaffolding with safety harnesses.

One of the workers fell 40 feet and another fell 30 feet, San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

They were both transported to a hospital with serious injuries, but are expected to survive.

One of the carpenters has since been released from the hospital while the other is still hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery, according to Webcor Builders president Jes Pedersen.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigated the site Friday and gave the green light for work to continue today on the 27-story building, which is adjacent to the new Transbay Transit Center also under construction.

"We take all safety precautions very seriously," Pedersen said in a statement. "That's why these carpenters were attached with safety harnesses."

Pedersen called what happened an "unfortunate" accident.

"It's something we work very hard to prevent," he said.

Webcor Builders broke ground on the project in April 2013 and is expected to finish by early 2015.

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