A construction worker was in critical condition Tuesday night after he and two other men fell when a steel building frame collapsed at the site of a future rail terminal in northeast Columbia.
Chris Tristan, Trevor Kirby and Corey Sieckmann were all transported to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at 7:35 a.m., said Lt. Amy Barret of the Columbia Fire Department.
Tristan was taken directly into surgery. Kirby was in serious condition, and Sieckmann’s condition was listed as fair Tuesday afternoon.
The men are employed by J.D. Builders, a subcontractor working on the future Columbia Transload terminal at 6501 N. Brown Station Road, near Route B. The terminal will be used to handle freight for the city-owned COLT railroad. The city purchased the 15-acre site for $465,000 in December 2001, and a proposal last year said the city planned to invest an additional $450,000 in the project. The proposal estimated that the terminal would eventually generate $300,000 to $400,000 in annual revenue.
Della Luster, office manager for J.D. Builders, said investigators from Occupational Safety & Health Administration would likely be at the site tomorrow. She declined further comment.
The main contractor for the project is Prost Builders. Bob Smith, project manager for Prost Builders, returned from Kansas City to visit the site Tuesday afternoon. After looking at the collapsed building, he declined to answer questions, saying he did not have enough information.
Columbia Transload Inc. is a warehousing and delivery company for goods that are transported on the Columbia-to-Centralia rail line, said Chad Hager, Columbia Transload’s president. Hager declined additional comment.