Two construction workers suffer fatal injuries following roof collapse in Naples
Two construction workers suffered fatal injuries on Tuesday afternoon when the roof of a building under construction in Naples collapsed.
Shane Malloy, 44, of West Gardiner, and Harold Collins, 44, of Vassalboro, were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with what authorities described as life-threatening injuries. Both are employed by Malloy Construction Inc. in Gardiner.
A Maine Medical Center spokesperson said Tuesday night that Malloy and Collins were both in critical condition. No further details were available.
The workplace accident, which happened at 12:54 p.m. at Captain Jack’s Restaurant and Naples Marina, is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a statement from the Captain Donald Foss of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office and Naples Fire Department responded to the accident. Captain Jack’s restaurant and the Naples Marina are on the same property and share the same building, Foss said. The entire site is undergoing large-scale renovations, according to Foss.
While driving to the scene on Tuesday afternoon, rescuers were informed that Malloy was trapped under the collapsed roof. Before they arrived, someone using a forklift pulled Malloy from the rubble. Malloy was first taken to Bridgton Hospital before being airlifted to Maine Medical Center by Lifeflight helicopter.
Collins was also hit through the roof when he collapsed but was not pinned down. He suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Several other members of the construction crew were nearby but were not injured.
Foss said the roof was being assembled at ground level and had been raised about 6 feet into the air when it collapsed. At the time, the workers were under the roof as well as on it.
Naples Marina posted a statement on Facebook on Tuesday night saying workers were trying to secure a section of a shed roof, which was attached to the main building, when the roof came off and struck the workers. The Naples Marina said the workers were temporarily trapped under the roof until they were freed by marina workers.
Naples Marina said it is “fully cooperating” with OSHA’s investigation and that Malloy Construction is the prime contractor on its renovation and expansion project.
Attempts to contact OSHA were unsuccessful Tuesday evening.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Malloy workers and their families,” Naples Marina said.
Captain Jack’s Restaurant and Naples Marina is located at 32 Naples Marina Lane, near the roadway of Route 302 between Long Lake and Brandy Pond.
According to the Malloy Construction Inc. website, the company has been in business since 1998. The company builds custom homes, additions, does roofing and siding, and works on commercial construction projects. A message left on the company’s office phone was not returned Tuesday evening.
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