SANDY, Ore. – The owner of a construction company involved in an accident near Sandy that left one man dead and three people injured on Friday says it happened so quickly that some of his employees don't remember the chain of events.
Heath Stalcup, owner of Stalcup Roofing & Construction, on Saturday told KATU that the man who died had just started his new job as crew chief on Tuesday.
“We’re devastated by this accident,” said Stalcup.
The name of the man who died has not been released. Stalcup told KATU the man was in his mid-30s, was married and served in the Iraq war.
Stalcup said his employees were on top of the structure working with the trusses. When the trusses fell down, the workers fell too. The trusses fell on top of them.
One worker died and another was badly injured. That person had to be flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a hospital. Two other workers had minor injuries and were taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Stalcup told KATU what his employees told him about the accident.
"He said that when the cable got disconnected from the last truss, they had about half the trusses up,” Stalcup said. “The cable sort of got hung up on the truss and the crane operator, you know, when he sort of tried to get it loose, it got loose and after the crane, you know, was away from the truss, the trusses slowly started to go because one of the braces got pulled loose due to the pressure, you know, on that cable.”
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating.
The website for the Oregon Construction Contractors Board shows the license and bond for the company expired Thursday, the day before the accident.
Stalcup says that’s not true.
“It’s absolutely a paperwork glitch,” he said. “We operate above the board one hundred percent. We care about our employees one hundred percent and I’m fully confident that’s not an issue.”
Gina Fox with the contractors board on Monday told KATU that Stalcup Roofing & Construction faxed in its renewal on Thursday - the same day it was set to expire. Fox said the company's license is current but the CCB has not yet processed the renewal.