OSHA investigating building collapse in Parma

Posted at 10:47 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 11:12:20-04

Six people have been injured after a building collapsed in Parma Wednesday.

It happened at an under-construction onion shed. Crews were on the roof when it came tumbling down.

OSHA is investigating.

"First thing I thought was going to happen is, I was dead," said construction worker Francisco Castro who was working on the roof when it happened. 

Six people were taken to Treasure Valley hospitals. 

"My buddy, Roth, got the worst of it. He was on the far side of the right peak and fell about 30 to 35 feet down and smashed between a couple of two-by-fours. He's very fortunate to be alive," said Daniel Vineyard, a construction worker. 

Fire crews from as far away as Wilder responded to the scene; police say witnesses helped get injured construction workers out of danger. 

"I'm totally shocked that there were fourteen people working on and around this thing and only six were transported," said Parma Police Department Chief Albert Erickson.

Officials say the building is owned by the JC Watson Company and it was being built by Mc Farlane construction. Workers say they heard a loud bang and felt a support truss give away.

While OSHA is working to find out what happened, Francisco says if his safety harness was strapped to the roof he would have been killed.  

"That ended up saving my life cause if I would have been stuck. I would have been nailed on to one of those rafters; it would have sucked me down with it," he explained.

While OSHA says they can't comment on open cases, they tell 6 On Your Side most of these accidents can be prevented.