ROCKLAND — A 37-year-old Rockland man died Saturday morning, June 4, when a carport that was being removed collapsed on him.

Rockland emergency crews arrived within minutes and worked for the next hour to first remove the building from him and then to revive him. But police said Kendall Ross, 37, of Rockland, later was pronounced dead.

The incident occurred at about 8:20 a.m. at 52 Crescent St. where a construction company — Veteran Builders — was removing a carport. Corey Conway of Veteran Builders said he cut the final remaining beam connecting the structure to the house when it collapsed.

Emergency crews were called and police, fire and emergency medical services arrived. Calls were put out to local contractors to see if an excavator could be brought to the scene to help lift the building. Jake Barbour said he had a piece of equipment almost to the scene when rescue workers were able to free the worker with an inflatable device. The airbag system is used to life heavy objects such as cars to free people, the chief said.

The rescue crews then worked to revive the man. At one point, Fire Chief Christopher Whytock was performing chest compressions on the man and a faint pulse was felt.

A LifeFlight helicopter was requested to take the man to a trauma center.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called by police. OSHA investigates workplace accidents.

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Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts


Photo by Stephen Betts