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Probe into collapsed scaffold in Water Mill launched

Federal officials have begun an investigation into the collapse of a construction scaffold in Water Mill on Monday morning that injured two workers.

The two men, Michael Haynia, 47, and Carlos Rendernos, 26, both of Riverhead, were bringing wooden roofing shingles up for other workers who were building a new house at 121 Cobb Isle Rd. when the scaffold collapsed, Southampton Town Police said.

The men were taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital where Rendernos was treated and released. Haynia was later taken to another hospital, but Southampton Police would not name that hospital or give further details about his condition.

Members of the victims' families could not be located for comment.

Because it was an industrial accident, Southampton Police notified the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has begun an independent investigation into the accident.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the scaffolding at the busy construction site, one of several residential construction sites on the attractive, private road overlooking Burnett Creek.

"We are in the very early stages of opening an investigation," said John M. Chavez, regional director for public affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor office covering the Boston and New York City regions. "We will try to determine exactly what did happen and if, indeed, any of OSHA's health or safety regulations were violated."

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