Officials say construction workers were working to repair a rooftop parking lot above the National Wholesale Liquidators building when the accident occurred. Two workers inside a Bobcat bucket loader crashed through the roof as it collapsed into the building’s interior.
A hole roughly 30 feet by 40 feet opened up, collapsing on top of people shopping inside the store. WABC reports that at around noon, the concrete gave way, causing the machine and rubble to crash nearly 30 feet into the store.
Two workers and three people inside the store were injured in the accident, according to WABC. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. One person sustained a fractured hip in the accident.
According to WABC, the exact cause of the roof collapse is unclear, but the incident remains under investigation. Crews are determining whether removal of the rubble is possible from inside the store. Engineering crews say the removal could take an extended period of time.
The following information regarding workplace accidents is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):