April 25, 2017

Building collapses in Williston




A building under construction on the site of the new Public Works Department on Industrial Avenue has collapsed. Four workers were taken to the hospital with injuries.

Prescott Nadeau with the Williston Fire Department said the department received a call at approximately 1:45 p.m. arrived on the scene within 4 minutes. The workers were on the roof of the future salt shed at the time of the collapse. One person was partially entrapped.

Fire Chief Ken Morton stated at the time of the collapse, workers were placing roof trusses and were approximately 21 feet in the air. When the collapse occurred, all four workers fell onto “soft ground,” according to a press release.

The injuries appeared non-life threatening, according to Fire Chief Ken Morton.

All four workers were transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care with the assistance of the South Burlington Fire Department, Essex Rescue and St. Michael’s Rescue.

An investigation was set to take place later on Thursday.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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