Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Workers injured by fallen roof trusses

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Two construction workers were injured in Takoma Park Monday morning when they were struck by trusses that were being installed on the addition of a house, officials said.

Fire and rescue workers arrived about 9 a.m. at 8014 Flower Ave. to find two injured workers, including one whose ankles were pinned by trusses that had fallen from the roof.

The building, which contains three apartments, was being converted into a single-family home with additions on the rear, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters spent 10 minutes extricating one of the workers, who suffered two broken ankles and was transported to the MedStar unit at Washington Hospital Center.

The other worker suffered a cut arm and shoulder injury and was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Garcia said.

Garcia said trusses the workers were installing on the original roof slid down and off the roof, pinning one worker and injuring the second.

Garcia said the scene was turned over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which investigates construction accidents. An OSHA spokeswoman said Tuesday the investigation is ongoing.