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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.

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