A 30-year-old construction worker was crushed to death at about 7:15 a.m. Monday while working on a new home near Gold Canyon.
The man, whose identity isn’t being released until his family is notified, was in the garage of a home at 8162 S. Mountain Air Lane when the roof joists gave way, said Dave Montgomery, Apache Junction Fire Department battalion chief.
"The joists were holding 40 sheets of plywood, which we estimated to weigh about 2,000 pounds," Montgomery said.
Emergency personnel attempted to assist the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Montgomery said.
The victim’s driver’s license lists the man as a California resident, but it is believed he has relatives in the Valley, said Pinal County sheriff’s Sgt. Neal Mullard.
The man, a framer, worked for Pratt Building Systems as a subcontractor, Mullard said.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to investigate, Mullard said.
Monday’s incident was the second construction accident in recent days. On Friday, Luis Soto, a 32-year-old Queen Creek resident, was killed in Chandler when a framed wall fell over and struck him as he and other construction workers were attempting to raise it. OSHA is also investigating that incident.