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Construction accident at site of new LDS chapel

By  Cody Blowers at

ST. GEORGE — Three construction workers were injured – two of whom were transported to the hospital – Wednesday afternoon when they were struck by large trusses that fell to the ground after a failure occurred while the trusses were being raised to the top of the structure.

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St. George Fire Department responds when three workers are injured at construction site of new LDS chapel at 3202 Crimson Ridge Drive Wednesday afternoon, St. George, Utah, Aug. 23, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

At 3:30 p.m. emergency responders were dispatched to an industrial accident reported at a construction site located at 3202 Crimson Ridge Drive, where a new chapel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is being built.

Firefighters, officers and three ambulances arrived on scene, and within minutes two of the men were quickly transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center. The third injured worker was treated at the scene by Gold Cross paramedics, St. George Battalion Chief Darren Imlay said.

A field supervisor from Gold Cross also responded and remained on scene to assist, which Imlay said was due to the number of workers injured.

Large crane is taped off with “caution” tape after construction accident on Crimson Ridge Drive Wednesday afternoon, St. George, Utah, Aug. 23, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The preliminary investigation into the incident revealed that the workers were setting roof trusses when there was some type of failure, possible with the equipment, causing several trusses to fall to the ground, striking the workers in the process.

The incident was initially reported as workers injured in a fall, but Imlay said they received additional information once they arrived on scene.

“They could have been on ladders when the failure occurred, and were possibly struck then,” he said, “however we don’t have all of the details at this time and we won’t know more until later.”

One witness who lives near the construction site and preferred to remain anonymous said that they heard a loud “crashing” noise and observed several of the workers run into the unfinished building immediately after. The trusses that were raised toward the top of the structure were no longer there, the witness said.

The large crane parked next to the southwest side of the structure was taped off with “caution” tape.

The nature or severity of the injuries are unknown at this time.

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Construction Accidents & Deaths

Construction is one of the United States’ largest industries and unfortunately, construction site accidents kill and injure thousands of workers each year.  Despite legal and trade provisions in place to prevent construction accidents, one out of every ten construction workers suffers some kind of on the job injury which can include:


Trenching injuries

Power line injuries

Builder neglect

Fire & explosion

Building collapse

Falling objects

OSHA Non-compliance

Scaffolding, crane, conveyor, ladder, winch, grater, scraper, backhoe & boiler accidents

Inadequate barricades

Although many injured construction workers will be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, these benefits will not cover all of the expenses faced by an injured worker and generally do not cover pain and suffering and the full range of damages available to the loved ones of a worker who is killed in an accident.  Moreover, there are often claims to be made outside of Workers’ Compensation against negligent third parties and contractors.

Knowledge of federal and state regulations governing construction sites is imperative when developing theories against all of the third parties who may be responsible for a construction site accident.  Our team is experienced in representing clients who have been injured in a construction site accident and immediately go forward with preservation of evidence and identification and questioning of critical witnesses.

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