WILLISTON, N.D. – A construction worker who died here Tuesday was crushed by roof trusses that let loose as workers unloaded them from a trailer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Friday.
The worker, identified by OSHA as 23-year-old Brandon Woodard of Abbeville, Miss., cut a metal band holding the trusses together before they collapsed on top of him, said Eric Brooks, assistant director for the Bismarck Area OSHA Office.
The man worked for R&J Building Contractors of Branson, Mo., Brooks said.
The incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday at the construction site of Weatherford Lodge on 133rd Drive Northwest, an area that was recently annexed into Williston, said Williston Police Detective Cory Collings.
The death was reported to OSHA Wednesday morning, Brooks said. The investigation is ongoing.