More than a dozen trusses fall on four workers while trusses are being installed

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT - These are some of the roof trusses that fell on construction workers Friday afternoon, killing one man and injuring three others, one seriously.One construction worker was killed Friday afternoon, Sept. 6, while another received serious injuries and two others received minor injuries when 13 trusses fell on the workers.

Dewayne Douglas Smith, 33, Hood River, was killed in the incident at the construction of a storage building. The death has been ruled accidental, said Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy sergeant Robert Wurpes.

Injured during the incident were Roger Cauich-Cante, 41, and Idel UcChable, both from Estacada, and Joseph Hall, 18, Hood River.

The residential construction site is located in the 45400 block of Jadrny Road, southeast of Sandy.

Several workers from Stalcup Roofing and Construction were at the site installing trusses that were being delivered by ProBuild.

The incident occurred just before 3 p.m., while the construction workers were installing the trusses on the structure, said Sheriff’s Deputy Marcus Mendoza.

The worker who was seriously injured was taken on a LifeFlight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. The two workers with minor injuries were taken by AMR ambulance to an area hospital. Their condition is not known at this time.

First responders to the accident scene were personnel from the Sandy and Hoodland fire districts.

Investigators at the incident site are from the medical examiner’s office, Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

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