West Gardiner construction company owner dies from injuries sustained in roof collapse in Naples
The West Gardiner construction company owner died of his injuries a day after a roof collapsed on him at a construction site on Tuesday, a Maine Medical Center spokesperson said.
The accident happened just before 1 p.m. at Captain Jack’s restaurant and marina in Naples, where a team from Malloy Construction Inc. was working on a renovation and expansion. Shane Malloy, 44, of West Gardiner, and Harold Collins, 44, of Vassalboro, were taken to Portland Hospital with what authorities described as life-threatening injuries.
Hospital spokeswoman Caroline Cornish said Wednesday that Malloy had died.
She also said Collins was in serious condition, an improvement from her critical condition the previous night. A GoFundMe for Collins describes injuries that include multiple fractures to the leg, pelvis and spine. The campaign is asking for donations to support Collins and his wife, and it had raised $1,200 toward a goal of $10,000 as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“As we can all imagine, this is going to be a VERY LONG recovery,” says GoFundMe. “Harold is a wonderful man with a big heart and would do anything to help anyone.”
The accident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a process that can take up to six months. It is not yet known what caused the roof to collapse. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Naples Fire Department responded to the scene Tuesday.
Sheriff’s Office Captain Donald Foss said the roof was being assembled at ground level and had been raised about 6 feet into the air by construction supports when it collapsed. At the time, the workers were under the roof as well as on it. Collins was hit through the roof and Malloy was pinned below. Foss said someone used a forklift to lift Malloy’s roof and extract it while first responders were on the way.
Naples Marina posted a statement on Facebook on Tuesday evening saying workers were trying to secure a section of a shed roof attached to the main building when the roof came off and struck the workers. The Naples Marina said the workers were 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.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Malloy workers and their families,” Naples Marina said.
Malloy Construction Inc. has been in business since 1998, according to its website. The company builds custom homes, additions, does roofing and siding, and works on commercial construction projects. Messages left with the company on Tuesday and Wednesday were not returned.
An online database shows that OSHA conducted an inspection of a Malloy Construction site in September 2015. Ted Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the US Department of Labor, said the visit was planned and not in response to a complaint or incident. The company was cited for two violations related to fall protection and fall protection training, and the parties resolved them with a settlement the following month that did not include cash penalties.
Also this month, a worker died when a carport that was being removed collapsed on top of him in Rockland. OSHA is also investigating this incident. The agency reported that Maine recorded 20 workplace fatalities in 2020, the most recent year for which data was available, including at least five in the construction industry.
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