WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Around 8 a.m., a construction worker was removing part of the facade from 84 Elm Street in Westfield, when the brick wall collapsed on him while he was standing on a scissor lift.
Both the lift and the man fell backwards. His fall was broken by a car parked below.
James Porier owned the vehicle, and says that in spite of the damage, he was happy his car was able to help save a life.
“Thankfully he’s okay and we’re real happy about that. The car that the lift fell on probably prevented further injuries. With the lift coming down at that trajectory, it could’ve done some serious harm to him” said Jeffrey Daley, Westfield’s Advancement Officer.
The man was able to get up and walk around afterwards, and was taken to Noble Hospital with minor injuries.
Still, Daley says the entire block is dangerous. The city owns the building right next door at 94 Elm St. It became an even bigger hazard when bricks began to fall from it last week.
“Actually we’re in the process of demoing the building right next to it. When that’s demolished, we will secure the wall that abuts this private property” Daley noted.
Hampden Bank owns the building, while their contractor, Salomie Coonstruction assessing the structural issues.
It’s not clear yet on whether or not the company will demolish the building. However, the city will begin demolishing their own building tomorrow. “I have asked and I got approval last night from the City Council to appropriate $125,000 if need be for the demolition of both buildings. If need be. That’s still private property and we don’t control it” Daley stated,
The contractor declined to comment.