Wind causes scaffolding to tip at Willmar school construction site
WILLMAR — A large scaffolding structure at the construction site for Lakeland Elementary School tipped in high winds Tuesday.
There were no injuries reported and no structural damage found on the new school.
The scaffolding belongs to Double J Concrete and Masonry of New London. The company is doing structural block masonry on the new school.
According to Preston Euerle, president of R.A. Morton Construction Managers which is overseeing construction, said it appeared the scaffolding had become dislodged at the ground level and tipped shortly before 3 p.m.
Restoring the scaffold will take a few days after the wind dies down, he said.
"It's a fairly substantial system, and it needs to be replaced appropriately," he said.
It's not typical to see scaffolding blow over, Euerle said. "It's just one of those odd things," he added. "In fact, I've only seen this one other time in my long career."
Construction is already behind schedule on the new school, in large part because of poor weather earlier in the project.
"We just continue to work with contractors on the importance of the schedule," Euerle said. "We have a good groups of contractors out there working."