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    :: Sunday, August 28, 2005 ::

    Roof collapse kills worker - By Ruth Jones, Staunton News Leader, VA
    Five men were at the site putting up trusses on a new sanctuary for the center when a set of between 35 and 40 trusses collapsed, striking three men. One man was hit in the head and killed, and the two others were injured, said Augusta County Fire Capt. Alivin Mace.

    'For whatever reason, they all fell,' Mace said.

    Roger Childress, superintendent with Thomas Builders Inc., general contractor on the project, said the trusses each weigh more than 600 pounds.
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    Inspectors Investigate Cary Roof Collapse - by Tim Nelson, abc11tv.com WTVD, NC
    On the ground Friday morning, Millennium Framing owner and project foreman, Juan Lopez walked through the wooden beams that sent five of his workers to the hospital. Four of them hit by tumbling beams, the fifth person, Jesus Delgado, tumbled himself - - falling 12 feet. 'He's got two broken legs, he's got a broken nose, lost front tooth.'

    He's still in the hospital. The other four men have bruises, but will be alright. As they recover, the investigation into what happened continues. Department of Labor inspectors returned Friday, trying to find the cause of the accident. Juan Lopez thinks he's already found the culprit: Old lumber. 'Kinda dry, too dry lumber, and I think that lumber loosed the nails with the trusses.'

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    Six injured in church collapse - by John Hacker, Joplin Globe, MO
    Huston said Wetzel, Chism and two other workers were nailing plywood sheets to the wooden trusses to form the roof of the building when trusses at one end of the building started collapsing.

    'It's hard to tell what happened,' Huston said. 'It could have been a nail pulling loose or a brace broke. The collapse started at the north end of the building, and the workers had just lifted a bundle of plywood at the south end of the structure. The collapse took down about three-quarters of the trusses.'
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