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Accident: 200651313 - Employee Is Injured When Building Collapses

Accident: 200651313 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 08/21/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12201810408/21/20071542Port City Structures, Inc.
At approximately 8:50 a.m. on August 21, 2007, Employee #1, the foreman, and a coworker were straightening some bowed trusses on the roof of a building under construction with six additional coworkers working on the inside. Sheathing had been applied to a section of the roof four days earlier. Two diagonal braces had been put onto the trusses and on the sheathed area on the west end of the roof. There was no diagonal bracing in the middle or on the east end. The trusses were bowed starting at the east end. A forklift had been attached to the east wall to hold the bowed trusses. Employee #1 was on the far west end of the roof and loosened one of the braces, causing the roof and the building to collapse. Employee #1 suffered a fractured leg, a fractured back, and a punctured lung, for which he was hospitalized. Three coworkers suffered minor injuries and were treated at a clinic and then released.
Keywords: roof collapse, fracture, lung, truss, unsecured, construction, back, industrial truck, struck by, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 122018104 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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