Worker killed in Brigham City roof collapse

Feb 27 2013 - 9:37am

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A Brigham City ambulance is parked outside the front door of the collapsed building where a man was killed in Brigham City, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Emergency workers at the collapsed building in Brigham City, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Medical emergency personnel stand inside the collapsed building where a man was killed in Brigham City, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
A Brigham City ambulance is parked outside the front door of the collapsed building where a man was killed in Brigham City, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Emergency workers at the collapsed building in Brigham City, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Medical emergency personnel stand inside the collapsed building where a man was killed in Brigham City, Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)

BRIGHAM CITY -- A construction worker is dead following the collapse of the roof at a former Kmart store that was targeted for demolition.

The roof collapse was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the store, 990 S. Main St., said Fire Capt. Michael Young.

The building is being torn down as part of the preparation for Utah State University's new Brigham City campus.

Young said four workers were preparing to demolish the roof. One left the group, and the roof came down unexpectedly, trapping the lone worker underneath. 
The other three workers were in another area of the building and were not injured.

Rescuers found the body of the trapped worker about 5 p.m., buried under debris from the collapse.

The worker's name was not released. The roof demolition was being handled by Reynolds Excavation, Young said.

Jory Argyle of Reynolds Excavation, Demolition & Utilities told a Salt Lake television station the worker was a subcontractor with the company.

There was about 20 inches of snow on the roof, Young said, adding that may have been a factor in the roof collapse.

The Brigham City Fire Department brought in heavy-duty rescue equipment to dig through the rubble to locate the worker's body.

"We had to make sure it was safe before going in," Young said.

Rescue personnel walked in and out of the Kmart building that was cordoned off by a metal fence.

An ambulance was also in the parking lot surrounded by snow that sat in towering, icy mounds.

The roof that collapsed is in the southwest corner of the Kmart building.

Young said the building is being demolished "piecemeal" because two retail businesses attached to the structure are slated to remain.

 

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