Roof Collapse at Construction Site Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 4:30pm PST

A roof collapse at a church construction site has left two workers injured and one worker dead.

The accident occurred February 17 when construction crews were working on the roof of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sampson County. While on the roof, the roof's support system gave way, causing the roof to collapse.

According to someone working at the construction site, the workers were removing 2x4s while replacing them with new ones. Every time a board was removed they could hear a sound, until suddenly half of the structure collapsed.

Out of the three injured workers, one succumbed to his injuries at the site. The other two workers were airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Although the extent of their injuries hasn't been disclosed, it's likely the men are suffering from at least moderate, if not severe injuries. They were allegedly trapped under the debris until emergency workers could pull them out.

At this time the cause of the accident has not yet been determined. Wind could be a factor, but OSHA is planning to conduct a formal investigation.

Neither the injured workers nor the family of the deceased worker have filed a lawsuit yet.

At the Lanier Law Group, P.A., we offer experienced personal injury representation to people who've been injured in construction accidents. Construction sites are widely considered one of the most dangerous places to work, as there are many inherently unsafe conditions at any given time. You can trust an experienced North Carolina construction accident lawyer at our firm to help you seek workers' compensation benefits, as well as pursue a personal injury lawsuit if it can be proven that a third party somehow contributed or is at fault for the accident.

Contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. today to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your rights and options!

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