Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A faulty deck that plummeted several feet landed a contractor in an Atlanta hospital Monday, marking the second injurious deck collapse near Lawrenceville in less than a week.
The man, who authorities did not identify, was on a small, lattice-trimmed deck in the 700 block of Suwanee Parkway when the structure succumbed about 10 a.m.
A woman who owns the rental property also fell with the deck but escaped injury, officials said.
Emergency personnel transported the man to Atlanta Medical Center for injuries that did not appear life-threatening, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.
A large section of the deck collapsed in a "lean-to" fashion, similar to a structure failure that injured several members of a wedding party on Brays Mill Trace four days prior.
As a safety precaution, firefighters on Monday "removed the remaining portion of the deck that was left standing to prevent the hazard of a secondary collapse," Rutledge said.
While the exact cause of Monday's collapse remains to be seen, officials pointed to evidence of termite damage in the fall that sent 10 wedding guests - and the cake - hurtling 12 feet below.
The incident hospitalized four children and one adult, none with serious injuries. The home's owner said the deck was original to the 25-year-old home.
In the wake of last week's deck collapse, fire officials advised area homeowners to be vigilant about termite inspections.