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Stop-work order issued at site of roof collapse in Nova Scotia

Inspectors from province's Department of Labour investigating site of roof collapse in southwestern Nova Scotia

NEWELLTON, N.S.—Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour has issued a stop-work order at a construction site in the province’s southwest after a roof collapse, injuring three workers.

Chrissy Matheson, a spokesperson for the department, says inspectors are investigating the site, but did not yet know what caused the roof to fall Sept. 18.

Matheson says the section of the roof that collapsed was under construction on a partially built warehouse at the plant.

One of the workers was taken to hospital with serious injuries, while two others suffered minor injuries at the site near the wharf in Newellton, N.S., a small town on Cape Sable Island.

Matheson says construction can’t resume on the site until there is an engineered plan to ensure the work is done safely.

A fire official said the man was rescued after firefighters spent 45 minutes cutting through wooden beams with reciprocating saws.

The building under construction is a so-called tank shop, which shelters large lobster tanks.

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