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Worker Injured in Construction Accident at Liberty Ridge Expansion Site in Woodbury

The man’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Part of a roof at the fell in on two construction workers Monday, sending one man to the hospital.

One man was transported to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Cmdr. John Wallgren.

The worker was semi-conscious and bleeding from his nose, he said.

Trusses tipped over and fell, trapping the two workers beneath the debris, Wallgren said. "It was not a collapse."

The other worker, who was in a caged lift at the time of the incident, was uninjured, Wallgren said.

Authorities were called at 3:21 p.m., Woodbury police said, and by the time crews arrived the man had already been pulled from beneath the trusses.

Construction workers were installing the trusses when one heaved and caused a portion of adjacent lumber to collapse, Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for operations for South Washington County Schools, said in a Pioneer Press report. The contractor on the project is Kue Contractors, but a subcontractor was installing the trusses, the report says.

Vogel told the Woodbury Bulletin that the accident would be investigated.

Amy Wiechman, owner of the nearby building, saw the incident, according to the Woodbury Bulletin story.

“Once one came down, they all went,” she told the newspaper. “I think it pulled the back wall down too.”

District 833 is across the street from the elementary school in Woodbury.

Wallgren said he asked crews to ensure the scene was safe before they left for the day.

 

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Wayne Rohde June 26, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Who will be stuck with the hospital bills? The worker who probably does not carry any health care insurance or the sub-contractor or will the hospital eat this?
Kris Janisch June 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Good question. Any contractors out there know how this works? If you hire a subcontractor does is that individual covered by the larger company's insurance?
SomeGuy June 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
First, they cut a gas line while children are in the building (still waiting answers to questions on that one, Kris) and now part of the roof expansion collapses. Keeping investigators busy at that site.
Kris Janisch June 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I forgot about that Guy. I did talk to the FD on that one and they said kids weren't in danger. I thought I'd left a comment on that post, but let me check.

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