Construction Worker Undergoes Surgery After Being Trapped Under Collapsed Roof

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A construction worker who was seriously injured after a barn roof collapsed on him near Brenham Monday is still recovering in the hospital.

Finishing what they started and picking up after the frightening scene mother-nature left behind is what these construction workers were busy doing in Brenham Tuesday morning.

"We're in the process of pulling up all of the debris, cutting it up and hauling it off and preparing ourselves to purchase new material and start over again," said Mill Creek Custom Homes President Lance Abel.

On Monday 12 construction workers started framing the second story roof of a barn at the 8900 block of FM 389 near Brenham when sometime around 2:30 p.m. gusty winds hit -- causing the roof to collapse.

“We hit a gust of wind that was probably upwards of 40 mph and it had been sustained winds and it was manageable, but the gust ended up pushing two of the tresses over and it dominoed from there," explained Abel.

Two men fell off the roof and two others on the ground became trapped underneath the debris. Those four workers were rushed to the hospital; three were released that night while one man who was seriously injured had to undergo surgery.

"One of the trusses leaned over and hit him in the collarbone and caused some lower back damage," said Abel.

Abel says the 27-year-old is expected to recover and should be released from the hospital soon.

"The home, we can tear it down and rebuild, but when someone becomes injured on the job and it disables them, we know they have families, children that depend on them and their work, so all we can do is pray for them and their families,” added Abel.

For the meantime, construction will go on as this crew will continue praying for a quick recovery.

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