Families of 3 Men Killed in North Carolina Scaffolding Collapse File Lawsuit

The families of three workers who died when scaffolding collapsed at a Raleigh, N.C., high-rise building have sued four firms connected with the project.

Multiple media outlets report the law firm of former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards filed the lawsuit Jan. 7 on behalf of the three men: 41-year-old Jose Erasmo Hernandez of Durham; 33-year-old Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez of Clinton; and 33-year-old Anderson Almeida of Durham.

The three fell to their deaths March 23. They were dismantling a mast climber on the 11-story Charter Square building when the exterior lift system collapsed.

The lawsuit filed in Durham County Superior Court says the four companies contributed to the victims’ wrongful death. A fourth worker was treated for serious injuries.