Lawsuit filed in deaths of 3 men in scaffolding collapse

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The families of three workers who died when scaffolding collapsed at a Raleigh 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 Thursday 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.

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