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Toppled shelves trap, injure two workers at northeast Edmonton building supply company


Two workers were taken to hospital Saturday morning after shelving units stacked with lumber fell and trapped them inside a northeast Edmonton building supply company.

Fire officials were called to Windsor Plywood at 52nd Street and 128th Avenue around 10 a.m., when front desk staff heard a commotion and called 911, Edmonton Fire Rescue District Chief Brain Lees said.

“There were approximately four to five sets of shelving that have come down with a heavy amount of wood. Plywood, siding and such, that have fallen down,” Lees said.

“Every one of their rows has shelving from approximately six feet wide to 20 to 30 feet high, and it’s on both sides. So you think of that, where each aisle is now collapsed like a domino effect, we need to clear probably 50 feet by 20 to 30 feet high of lumber to try to make sure everybody is accounted for.”

Emergency crews are working to remove the heavy piles of toppled lumber and building supplies. (Roberta Bell/CBC)

The two workers were found within the rubble by fire crews and were treated by EMS, he added. Their condition is unknown.

Lees said four workers were on shift and there could be two to three customers who remain inside, trapped by the rubble.

Fire crews, police and EMS remain on scene. CBC News saw one person on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance at the business Saturday morning.

‘An extensive amount of rubble’

A technical rescue team is on scene helping to stabilize the heavy wood, Lees said.

“There’s an extensive amount of rubble in there and they’re working really hard cutting,” he said.

“We’re going to do our job by making sure it’s all clear and there is nobody.”

Occupational Health and Safety has been notified of the incident, Lees said. The cause of the incident has not yet been determined.

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The cause of the incident has not yet been determined, and Occupational Health and Safety has been notified. (Roberta Bell/CBC)



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