An 86-year-old man was injured Monday when a new building at Southern Maine Marine Services in Arundel collapsed on him.

Deputy Chief Renald Tardif of Arundel Fire Rescue said the man was one of four or five people inside the building when something in the roof truss system broke shortly after noon Monday. The man, whose name was not released, was working at the time and was the only person injured in the accident.

“The whole roof system just came tumbling down,” Tardif said.

Tardif said everyone who had been inside the building was outside when emergency crews arrived. The building is under construction and the construction crew was working on the roof at the time, he said.

The injured man was taken first to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland for observation. The injuries to his head and neck are not believed to be life threatening, Tardif said.

Tardif said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called in to investigate because it was a workplace accident. He expects someone from OSHA to meet with him and tour the collapsed building Tuesday or Wednesday.

Southern Maine Marine, which is owned by Paul Lariviere, is building an indoor boat storage facility that was scheduled to open this fall, according to the business website.

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