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Rescue crews Monday pulled nine workers, several of them seriously injured, from the wreckage of a scaffolding platform that collapsed inside a Consolidated Edison power plant on Staten Island.

The city's Emergency Medical Service said five were seriously injured, including one who suffered extensive back injuries and broken bones, but none appeared life-threatening. "It looks like a giant erector set which crumbled," said Joe McGee, a Fire Department spokesman. The last two workers rescued had fallen into a shaft and were covered with debris.

Marty Gitten, a spokesman for the utility, said the men were doing routine maintenance on a boiler at the Arthur Kill 3 generating unit when part of the scaffolding -- which stood 100 feet high inside the boiler -- collapsed.

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