-Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger lakes News Radio.
1-24-2018 10:30 Update
The Syracuse office of OSHA, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is declining initial comment on Tuesday afternoon ‘s building collapse at Geneva Foreign and Sports on State Route 14 north of downtown. The people hurt in the mishap are recovering at Strong . 62-year old David Fitzgerald of Geneva who was inside the building when it fell was in guarded condition this morning while 35-year old Joseph Gravitte who was operating a lift outside is in satisfactory condition. Wind gusts at 45 mph apparently lifted up the building which was still under construction . It was going to be a nine thousand square foot 14 bay service center . We have pictures of the building collapse online at Finger Lakes Daily News dot com.
Two construction workers were injured yesterday after high winds brought down a large building under construction at Geneva Foreign & Sports on State Route 14 north of Geneva.
62-year old David Fitzgerald of Geneva was inside while 35-year old Joseph Gravitte was operating a lift outside, both were pinned under debris when the building collapsed. Both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Four people were working on the site at the time of the collapse. The others were uninjured.
Investigators say gusty winds may have been a factor in the collapse. Wind gusts around 45 mph were recorded in the area at the time of the collapse. The 9000 sq. ft. structure was going to be a new service shop.
The Town of Geneva Code Enforcement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to the scene, both are investigating.
It’s unclear what lead to a building collapse this afternoon at Geneva Foreign and Sports , a car dealership on Route 14 south of Packwood Road. As the building which was still under construction fell, a number of people ran outside , but two individuals were trapped under the rubble for a few minutes . Our Greg Cotterill at the scene says the 2 were pulled out with apparently only minor injuries. While the cause of the collapse is unclear at this time , Cotterill reports there were strong winds reported in the area. The collapse happened around 1:40 PM. OSHA’s Syracuse office has sent a response team to investigate the mishap.
Reports by our Greg Cotterill at the scene say the 2 people trapped inside the collapsed building have been pulled out with apparent minor injuries. The cause of the collapse is unclear at this time but high winds were reported in the area.
We are getting initial scanner reports of a building collapse at Geneva Foreign and Sports on Route 14 with people reportedly trapped inside. 3 ambulances have been dispatched. Life Net Helicopter is on standby . Route 14 is being closed between Skuse Road and Gambee Road. The collapse happened around 1:40PM
Air bags are being requested to help lift debris off of people.
North Side Geneva Fire Chief-— Tanner Jubenville (@TJubenvilleNews) January 23, 2018
Building was under construction, two construction workers injured in the collapse. One was trapped. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries, transported to ‘either RGH or Strong.’ Chief says wind gusts likely to blame. pic.twitter.com/proPBHCDAO