Body of 30-year-old construction worker found after construction site collapsed

CHAMBERSBURG, Pennsylvania. State police say a worker’s body was found in the rubble of a building site collapse in Pennsylvania.

Trooper Megan Fraser said the body of a 30-year-old man was found around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls plant in Guilford Township, Franklin County.

Herald-Mail Media identified the victim as 30-year-old Stephen Garrett Graby of Washington, Pennsylvania. He was an employee of a high-industrial steel assembly unit based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the newspaper said, citing the Franklin County coroner.

Wohlsen Construction is the general contractor for the site. The Herald-Mail reported that the company released this statement:

“Yesterday was a tragic day. In the afternoon, an employee of a sales contractor at Martin’s Potato Rolls plant in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was mortally wounded.

“The Wohlsen Construction family is deeply saddened by this event. We continue to work with the authorities to investigate the causes of this incident. As soon as more information becomes available, we will share.”

According to PennLive.com, Franklin County dispatchers said three 25-foot by 50-foot concrete sections collapsed at approximately 2:00 pm Tuesday. A storm hit the site at the time, but officials said it was not clear if the collapse was weather related.

Police said several fire departments responded and were involved in rescue and then recovery efforts. Martin’s spokeswoman Julie Martin told PennLive that search and rescue teams were called in to conduct a thorough search in the hope that the missing worker could be alive in the empty space in the collapse area.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. of Chambersburg, a bread and bun manufacturer, laid the groundwork for a building late last year that officials say will include about 260,000 square feet of additional production capacity and a 16,000-square-foot cold dock. Martin said the expansion was necessary to meet increased demand.

State police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accident.

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