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Several people trapped under scaffolding that collapsed in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach resident James Gillette has been keeping a watchful eye on the construction right underneath his house.

“This has been going on for about a month and I think that they have about another month to go cause they’re making pretty good progress,” he says.

That was of course until Tuesday when the anchoring system for the worker’s scaffolding failed, causing it to plummet and trapping six construction workers underneath – four of them were taken to the hospital.

“Well I saw a news alert and I was looking and I was like that sounds like it was really close to my house and then sure enough I show up and I see all the police tape and I’m like oh my gosh this is really happening,” says Gillette.

The workers in the accident were contracted privately by one of the homeowners on the street to fix the eroding cliff.

The city of Pismo Beach issued permits for the work and even inspected the site as recent as Monday.

We’re told the workers are from Foil Engineering.

Now that construction has stopped temporarily, Gillette says he’s concerned about the stability of the homes on his street including his own, telling us :”I figure if the cliff does give way, this house that’s right on the edge will give way before mine will.. so once that goes I know it’s time to pack up and get out of here.”

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