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Worker, 86, Survives Building Collapse

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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One worker was hospitalized, but others escaped injury Monday (Sept. 29) when the roof and walls of a marine storage building under construction collapsed in Maine.

The worker, 86, suffered neck and head injuries, but they were not considered life-threatening, officials said. The man's name and position were not released. Nor was the name of the construction contractor.

Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local authorities are investigating the collapse at Southern Maine Marine Services Inc. in Arundel, ME.

S. Maine Marine building collapse
Screen grab via WCSH.com

All but one worker escaped when the walls and roof caved in, averting a risky search for others.

The collapse of the indoor boat facility followed the installation of roof trusses, company general manager Kelly Page said in a notice on the company's web site.

Fire officials told local NBC affiliate WCSH.com that the trusses had been installed Friday (Sept. 26).

On Monday, the station reported, crews "noticed that some of the trusses had twisted. When they tried to straighten them, something apparently broke, causing the roof to collapse and the sides to buckle" about noon local time.

Lucky for Most

Officials said the company was relatively lucky.

Four or five other workers were inside the building when it collapsed. Not only were they spared injury, but their escape meant that emergency responders did not have to search a "very unstable" structure, Arundel Deputy Fire Chief Reynald Tradif told the television station.

Kelly Page - S. Maine Marine
Southern Maine Marine Services

General manager Kelly Page told customers on the company's site that the accident followed the installation of roof trusses.

“The whole roof system just came tumbling down,” Tardif told the Portland Press Herald.


Southern Maine Marine called the accident "significant" and said it would "set our plans back by a few months."

It may take two months before the debris can be cleared and the building permits reinstated, Page's notice said.

The company has been family owned since 1985. The new facility follows construction of another indoor storage building in 2012 and was expected to be completed this fall, the web site said.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial contractors; Construction; Marine; OSHA

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