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Ceiling Collapse at the Holy Family Church
Updated On: May 133, 2010
Worker injured in ceiling collapse at Holy Family Church in Rockland

Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger
Posted Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:22 PM
Last update Mar 11, 2010 @ 01:57 PM

The fire department is reporting that part of a lower level ceiling at Holy Family Church collapsed on Thursday morning.

A 20-by-20 foot section of plaster fell, Deputy Chief Bill Ferguson said. There were four workers inside the church, doing demolition of a section of ceiling in the lower sanctuary. The lower sanctuary has been closed for several days while the demolition work was taking place.

One worker was taken by helicopter to a Beth Israel Hospital  in Boston. Ferguson said the worker sustained back injuries. The three other workers were not taken to the  hospital.

The collapse occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The church is not releasing a statement and referred questions to the Archdiocese of Boston.

Police and firefighters were still at the scene at 12:48 Thursday. The town building inspector and a structural engineer are being called to the church to determine whether the building  is safe.

The church will be open for Mass this weekend.

Worker Hurt In Rockland Church Ceiling Collapse



Part of a church ceiling collapsed in Rockland late Thursday morning, leaving a construction worker seriously hurt.

It happened at the Holy Family Parish on Union Street just after 11:30 a.m.

Deputy fire chief Bill Ferguson told WBZ four men were working on the plaster ceiling in the lower part of the church when it fell apart.

Two workers were trapped immediately. 

One escaped, but the other was pinned down by a 20-foot-by-20-foot section of plaster that weighed several hundred pounds.

He was removed and rushed to a MedFlight medical rescue helicopter, which took him to a hospital in Boston.

His condition is not known.

Authorities have not released his name.

No one else was hurt. 

The lower part of the church was closed off to parishoners at the time of the collapse.

Ferguson said that was because there was a partial collapse earlier in the renovation project.

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