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Four injured in roof collapse

May 04, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four construction workers were injured Thursday afternoon when the roof they were erecting on a shopping center collapsed.

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None of the injuries was considered serious, but all four men were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, according to Gary Himes of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital said two of the men had been treated and released, but two others were still in the emergency room Thursday evening and likely would be admitted.

The collapse occurred at Guilford Town Square, a small shopping mall under construction at 1495 Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township. It was called in at 2:52 p.m.

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"The end truss failed on it, which caused a domino effect," said Himes.

All four men were working atop the building setting the trusses when the accident occurred.

"Two of them got caught under the roof trusses ... They were only trapped for maybe 15 minutes," said Himes.

Emergency personnel from the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co. and other construction workers "ended up using chainsaws to cut away the roof rafters," he said.

The site is being developed by Brim Builders of Chambersburg, which is also the developer of Guilford Town Square, Himes said.

The building had been an antiques and flea market and is being converted into several stores. The property also includes a Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins ice cream shop in a separate building.

After the collapse other workers were using chainsaws and a front end loader to cut up and pull the trusses from the building.

Himes said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the accident, but he did not know whether the accident would be investigated by the agency.

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