Four workers injured after Chicago facade collapse

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We do know the four people hurt, were contractors hired to make repairs to this storefront, with room for 5 businesses.

Two of those men rushed to Christ Hospital in critical condition.

A third man taken to Holy Cross for his injuries.

If you take a closer look at this store front, you can see where part of the façade collapsed.

Bricks that fell from the top of this building now litter the sidewalk, closing it and even part of 63rd street.

Also very important here, the city’s buildings department tells me, the work done on this building was being performed by unlicensed contractors, working without city permits.

Those who work around here, tell me those contractors have been busy for the last two weeks, trying to remodel some of the space, for a future dental office.

They were also doing some sort of brick work on the outside.

Witnesses say around 12:45 this afternoon they heard a loud noise as those bricks started tumbling down.

“The guy who wasn’t looking too good he was picking up bricks from the floor. And the guy that was on the top he actually jumped. He only injured his leg and the other guy, I guess, bricks just started falling like on top of him.”

“They was on top yes, with hammers and something breaking they tried to do something like construction.”

“Why did you think something bad was going to happen?”

“Because they looked like they don’t know how to do it. They hire maybe people with no experience to do it.”

A buildings department spokesperson tells me the owner of this building will be issued several citations upon the completion of the department’s investigation.

Right now, the owner is responsible for removing all the debris left behind by this accident, and putting up a heavy-duty canopy for the public’s protection.

Live from Chicago’s west lawn neighborhood, Courtney Gousman, WGN News.

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