May 30, 2023



Three construction workers were hurt Thursday afternoon when a conveyor belt apparently malfunctioned at the site of a new office tower for Amazon. Sellen Construction CEO Bob McCleskey said he did not have details of what caused the accident but would investigate.

The Seattle Fire Department says two men about 75 below street level in the construction pit hurt their ankles. A third man working the conveyor belt at street level belt hurt his head. All went to the hospital but will be OK.

“Thank goodness no life-threatening injuries,” said McCleskey. SFD rescuers used the construction crane to lift both injured workers from the pit.

Sellen regularly allows SFD technical rescuers to train in construction sites. A few days ago, they trained on a Sellen site about a block away. The state Department of Labor and Industries says it has conducted seven safety inspections at Sellen sites over the last couple of years and found no violations.

The site, between 6th and 7th avenues along Lenora Street, will be the first of three blocks developed for Amazon. City planners say each of the three blocks will have a million square feet of office space.

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