August 22, 2014

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Regulators probing collapse

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the collapse of a building addition under construction at 2921 Center Road.

A general contractor was overseeing the installation of a roof when the frame building collapsed, seriously injuring one man around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The contractor was hired by Custom Decks by Klassic to build an addition to the rear of the building.

According to Howard Eberts, area director of OSHA’s Northeast Ohio division, an investigation has been launched into the safety and operations at the worksite.

Eberts said a compliance officer would conduct an investigation in the next few days and file his findings.

Eberts said the general contractor overseeing the site was Onsite Management, and a subcontractor, Kauffman Brothers Construction Co., was installing the roof at the time of the collapse.

Onsite Management officials did not return a phone call seeking comment. A phone number for Kauffman Brothers Construction could not be found.

According to the city’s Chief Building Official Dan Gladish, the site did not have a work permit in place to complete roof construction and his investigation found the workers were not following the manufacturer’s guidelines for installing a roof.

“There’s a complete set of instructions that come with these roof structures,” Gladish told The Gazette on Thursday. “The main support wall was not installed and none of their bracings were installed properly.”

Eberts said OSHA’s investigation report will be available in a few weeks and any citations that are issued to any company involved would be included in that final report.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.