Quantcast

Person injured at building demolition has been treated... - KOAM TV 7

Person injured at building demolition has been treated and released

Updated 5:00 PM CST:

  A demolition mishap sends a worker to the hospital in Joplin. The injured man was working to demolish a historic building on the 900 block of South Main Monday morning. Crews on scene immediately went into action to try and save the worker from the rubble as onlookers watched anxiously.

Suzette Kester works across the street from the building on South Main. She says she was expecting a good show with the planned demolition, but it turned out not at all what she expected.

"We was standing right here and we could see the wall rocking and I said oh no and all the sudden all you seen is dust," said witness Suzette Kester.

The dust covered 57 year old construction worker Dennis Neely who was working from inside the building to push the south wall outward. Instead the rubble fell the opposite way and landed square on Neely and his equipment. 

"Just one of those weird circumstances, the occasional job site accident that happens. But the company is a good company, they do a lot of work for us in the city," said Joplin's Assistant City Manager Sam Anselm

A weird coincidence, but the city says the crew worked fast to move rubble off of Neely until emergency vehicles could come to check on the construction worker's condition. And though most rubble has been cleared more work needs to be done.

Some clean up work that needs to be done on the site itself. We made sure that they bring in the proper fencing to make sure the site is secure," Anselm said.

The city says the building demolition will continue, and that they do plan everything down to a science, but accidents do happen. However Kester says from where she was sitting something just seemed off.

"You could see that it wasn't normal I don't know why they didn't go around to the back side and push it in, I'm not a demolition person, but it didn't look right to me," Kester said.

Another building next to the one being demolished was also damaged as a result of the collapse. The city says it was vacant-and only being used for storage-but that the construction company is going to get the owner of the property to find out what to do next.

According Hospital officials, Neely has been treated and released.

Updated 4:40 PM CST:  The Joplin Police Department says Dennis Neely, 57, was operating heavy equipment during the demolition when a wall fell on the machinery and injured him.  Neely was in the cab of the vehicle.

Hospital officials say he has been treated and released.

 

Updated 10:51 AM CST:  Photo provided by KOAM videographer Adam Wilson.


Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM CST:  A construction worker was injured this morning after a partial collapse of a building being demolished in the 900 block of South Main.

The historic building in downtown Joplin is being demolished after the recent collapse of an adjoining building.

Our photographer on the scene says the worker has been removed and at last contact was waiting on emergency personnel to arrive.

No other details are available at this time.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Local Veterans Look for Work

    Local Veterans Look for Work

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 8:22 PM EDT2018-10-24 00:22:14 GMT

    Hubert Nicholson is a Vietnam veteran who just moved to Joplin from St. Louis, and he confident he's found a new career.

    More >>

    Hubert Nicholson is a Vietnam veteran who just moved to Joplin from St. Louis, and he confident he's found a new career.

    More >>
  • Pittsburg Preps for Playoff Opener

    Pittsburg Preps for Playoff Opener

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-10-23 22:43:29 GMT

    The Dragons are the #4 seed in the 4A East bracket and will host #12 Spring Hill on Friday night. 

    More >>

    The Dragons are the #4 seed in the 4A East bracket and will host #12 Spring Hill on Friday night. 

    More >>
  • New Dog Park Opens in Pittsburg, KS

    New Dog Park Opens in Pittsburg, KS

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-10-23 23:15:09 GMT
    New Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park, Pittsburg, KS (Oct. 23, 2018)New Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park, Pittsburg, KS (Oct. 23, 2018)

    The City of Pittsburg cuts the ribbon to the new Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park. They invited the public and their furry friends to attend today's ceremony at Schlanger Park (Oct. 23). They also celebrated the opening of new pickle ball and basketball courts and a new sensory garden. "We are thrilled to share the new park amenities with the community and to thank the volunteers and donors who made them possible," says City of Pittsburg Director of Parks & Recreation K...

    More >>

    The City of Pittsburg cuts the ribbon to the new Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park. They invited the public and their furry friends to attend today's ceremony at Schlanger Park (Oct. 23). They also celebrated the opening of new pickle ball and basketball courts and a new sensory garden. "We are thrilled to share the new park amenities with the community and to thank the volunteers and donors who made them possible," says City of Pittsburg Director of Parks & Recreation K...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.