ACUSHNET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two construction workers were injured on Tuesday after a roof truss had fallen on top of them, the Acushnet Police Department told WBZ NewsRadio in a statement.
Officials say the incident happened at 309 Perry Hill Road, when a crane was moving two trusses onto a fixed platform. According to the police, the crane operator had said he put the first truss down, turned to grab the second, and when he turned back, had discovered the first truss had fallen onto the two workers. Both workers fell twelve feet before the truss came down on them. One of the workers, the APD said, became trapped and suffered serious head trauma.
"Prior to units arriving on scene, carpenters and contractors on scene were in the process of stabilizing the trusses. The crane operator was using the crane to start to remove, or least lessen the weight of the trusses," said Acushnet Police Chief Christopher Richmond.
Officials say they were able to free the trapped worker by using the crane to lift the truss entrapping him. Both victims were rushed to St. Luke's Hospital with serious injuries, police said.
The APD, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived on scene to investigate the incident.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.