Construction workers sent to hospital after Cumberland truss collapse
The collapsed structure in Cumberland, pictured in a supplied photo from the Cumberland Fire Department.
CUMBERLAND, B.C- Two people are in hospital after getting injured at a work site in Cumberland.
According to Cumberland fire chief Mike Williamson, a call came in around 2:30 p.m. after a truss collapsed near the intersection of Cumberland Road and Bevan Road. Workers had been assembling the truss in a new construction, and the structure collapsed after a strong gust of wind knocked it over.
Two workers fell 15 feet during the collapse and sustained back and stomach injuries as a result. They were briefly trapped in the wreckage while firefighters worked to get them out of the area.
Williamson indicated the pair were in “quite a bit of pain” and that they were taken to hospital for further care. The area was cleared by firefighters by 3:00 p.m.
“There won’t be any construction there today, for sure,” said Williamson.
“Both workers are off to the hospital, plus the other guy that was there followed them out to see how they made out. I don’t know the extent of their injuries, but they were certainly hurting, they were certainly going to be bruised up.”
Williamson said he didn’t believe the injuries were life threatening.