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Construction worker in guarded condition after building collapses in Geneva

January 24, 2018 09:12 AM

UPDATE:

The two construction workers from Seneca Building Company who were injured in the collapse, have been identified.

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David M. Fitzgerald, 62, was inside the building at the time of the collapse. He is listed in guarded condition at Strong Hospital. 

Joseph R. Gravitte was outside the structure in the man lift. His condition is satisfactory. 

ORIGINAL:

Crews rescue two men trapped inside a building on Rt. 14 in Geneva Tuesday afternoon.

News10NBC has confirmed with the North Side Fire Department's assistant fire chief that the building was under construction on the property of Geneva Foreign and Sports.

Five people were working on the building at the time of the collapse. 

“We had two people trapped when we got here. We had one guy trapped inside, another on a lift outside working on the roof when he got pinned,” explained Assistant Fire Chief Ken Nardozzi. 

He said multiple resources were brought in to assist in rescuing the men who were trapped. They called in airbags which can be used to lift debris off of a victim when inflated, but did not end up having to use them.

“We ended up using a different piece of equipment, stabilizing with jacks. We had to make sure everything was stabilized to get our EMS guys in there to make sure everything was taken care of before we were able to extricate them out of there,” Nardozzi said.

It took more than 30 minutes to get one of the men out, and additional time to rescue the second. Both of them were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, expected to recover. 

A helicopter was on standby to respond, but it was unsafe to fly due to the wind.

Emergency responders believe those strong winds could be a cause in the building collapse. The First Alert Weather Team reports 40mph winds in the area during the time of the incident. 

OSHA is on the way to the scene to investigate further. 

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Stephanie Robusto

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