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Stamford construction workers injured by collapsed roof

September 17, 2018

STAMFORD — Two construction workers were injured on Monday when large chunks of reinforced steel and concrete collapsed from the roof of an empty structure on Canal Street.

The workers were part of a crew demolishing the 90,000-square-foot building at 860 Canal St.

One of the workers was cutting through the concrete structure on the roof of the hollowed-out building when the floor gave way, sending him falling to the floor below, said Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Tripodi. A second worker on the floor below the roof was also injured, he said.

The situation appeared as if it could have been worse, as pieces of concrete and steel were dangling from the roof structure after the incident. It was unclear how much of the roof actually fell to the floor below.

One of the men suffered a minor injury, according to Stamford Police Chief Jon Fontneau.

The other was evacuated by a fire ladder. Tripodi said the man was secured to a bucket at the end of the ladder and lowered to the ground, allowing him to evacuate the structure safely.

Fontneau said the demolition crew has been working on the site for months, tearing the structure down little by little.

The Canal Street building was sold to Stamford Media Village for $7.6 million late last year. The new building is expected to be a production facility that could include a brewery. The building, which stands next to a marina, is expected to open by the summer of 2019.

Tripodi said demolition work comes with many risks.

“Building demolition is a very dangerous job,” he said. “There are inherent hazards with any type of demolition work.”

Tripodi said workers on site were complying with the safety measures of wearing helmets and using harnesses.

The site is managed by A. Pappajohn Company, a Norwalk construction company.

Representatives from the company declined to comment for this story.

ignacio.laguarda@stamfordadvocate.com

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