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Two of the workers injured when a stage collapsed in Santiago are still hospitalized, one of them in the ICU

Two of the six workers injured when part of a stage collapsed that was being set up for the O Son do Camiño festival in Santiago de Compostela remain hospitalized. In the workplace accident, six workers suffered injuries, two of them serious. Although on Saturday morning the Xunta’s general director of Emergencies, Santiago Villanueva, assured that three people were still hospitalized, the organizers later indicated that only two remain in the Clinical Hospital of Santiago.

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The most serious worker, who according to Villanueva was perched on one of the towers and fell from quite a height, is in the intensive care unit (ICU) and his evolution is “favourable”. The rest of those affected suffered injuries when some of the elements of the structure fell on them, he added.

Both the reports of the Labor Inspection and the Galician Institute of Labor Safety and Health (Issga) as well as that of the National Police have already been sent to the judge. Villanueva has not spoken about the conclusions of these documents and has asked not to make “lucubrations” about the causes of the accident, which occurred on Friday around 12:30 p.m. in Monte do Gozo, where the workers were raising the main stage for the festival, which is announced for June 16, 17 and 18, next week.

The General Director of Emergencies indicated that the seal in the area has already been lifted and there are crane companies working on the spot to remove the entire stage that was being set up and clean the area. Later, he added, the technicians will analyze how to set up another stage. The forecast of the Xunta is that the event goes ahead.

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