News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 2, 2013

Man injures leg after building collapses

Cause of structure’s collapse under investigation

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Construction worker Michael Barry was listed in good condition Thursday afternoon at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after suffering a leg injury when a southside building under construction collapsed Wednesday.

The building is to house a Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Terre Haute Fire Chief Jeff Fisher said fellow worker Nathan Ham was on the west wall of the building, at 2828 S. Third St., working on a wooden truss while Barry was in a bucket lift.

When the structure collapsed, it knocked over the lift. Barry was pinned under the lift, Fisher said, while Ham was under the wooden trusses.

Both men were taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment. Barry was then flown to the Indianapolis hospital for more care. Ham was treated and released from Regional Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Ann Marie Foote.

City Building Inspector Daniel Bell said the cause of the collapse of the structure remained under investigation Thursday by the Indiana State Building Inspector’s Office.

“Workers were setting up trusses for the roof, but somewhere something happened where one of the trusses started to let go, and then all the trusses went, and the building collapsed,” Bell said.

“They can salvage part of the work or they can level it all and start again. The [building owner] will have to work with us,” Bell said, as the building has been condemned.

Franchise owner Harkavel Singh said he plans to continue to construct the 8,400-square-foot building, of which 2,400-square feet is to be for the restaurant.

“This is a setback, but it is something that is not in my control. We will move forward” on construction of the building, Singh said. The project is insured, he said.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.

greninger@tribstar.com.