Scaffold Collapses at Jamaica School

Queens Chronicle - November 11, 2017

by Michael Gannon, Editor

City officials are continuing to investigate the partial collapse of a construction scaffold at a school in Jamaica on Friday morning.

Published reports state that the scaffolding collapsed at about 7:30 a.m. outside of PS/IS 116, the William C. Hughley School at 107-25 Wren Place as children were preparing to enter the building.

A spokesman for the Department of Education said that the FDNY responded immediately and that students were safe with no disruption to the school day.

A spokesman for the city’s Department of Buildings said Friday afternoon that a roughly 40-foot section of the six-story structure began pulling away from the school in high winds.

A contractor had been hired to remove and replace the damaged scaffolding and was still was in the process of doing so on Monday evening.

A spokesman for the city’s Office of Emergency Management told the Chronicle that Wren Place still was closed off between Polhemus Avenue and Rex Road as of Friday evening.