Investigations underway after Hurd Welcome Center construction accident

Two workers fell about 35 feet at the Mark and Paul Hurd Welcome Center construction site. Waco Fire Department was called at 9:26 a.m. in response to the steel structure collapse. Camryn Duffy | Photographer

By Ana Ruiz Brictson | Staff Writer

Investigations are underway after two workers fell approximately 35 feet from the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center construction Wednesday morning. There have been no status updates on what witnesses reported as minor injuries.

Baylor University made a statement the same day in response to the accident, saying it is actively supporting the agencies investigating the circumstances of the accident.

“The accident affects every member of the Baylor community, and our prayers go immediately to the two individuals who were injured, as well as their family, friends and co-workers. We are deeply appreciative of the rapid response of Baylor University Police Department, Waco Fire and AMR,” the statement read.

According to Lt. Keith Guillory, the Waco Fire Department was called at 9:26 a.m. to a traumatic injury and partial collapse. The first unit arrived at 9:29 a.m.

“We had two workers that fell from approximately 35 feet,” Guillory said. “There were no entrapments. When we arrived, we had plain access to both patients.”

As a full response to the incident, the Waco Fire Department had two trucks and five engines, of which only two engines were used because there were no entrapments.

The two workers who fell were transported by the American Medical Response ambulance and taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest to receive medical attention.

Ana Ruiz Brictson is a junior, Journalism, News-Editorial major, from Monterrey, Mexico. She loves to play tennis and piano, write, and watch TV shows. She is always opened to hear people’s stories and enjoys listening to others open up.