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Tower collapse investigation could take months, victim identified

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By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

CAMPBELL INDUSTRIAL PARK (KHNL) - Investigators on Monday, were back at the scene of a tower collapse in West Oahu.

Investigators continued their search for answers on the deadly demolition. Why did the tower collapse the wrong way, at the wrong time? The state says finding an answer could take several months.

It was a demolition gone terribly wrong. Video from a security camera captured the 120-foot cement pre-heater tower crashing down at Campbell Industrial Park, killing a worker.

On day three after Saturday's collapse, inspectors continued to search for clues in the rubble, to see if the death could have been prevented.

"It's subject to a very thorough investigation but if we do conclude that in fact safety violations were triggered, a citation will be issued to the company," said Jamesner Dumlau, Operations Manager of the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Department.

Investigators say just five minutes before the demolition, the tower unexpectedly buckled, and crumbled the wrong way. Two workers were inside - one managed to escape, the other didn't make it.

It's the second on-the-job fatality at Campbell Industrial Park in seven months. Last October, Sean Norva, a 23-year-old welder from Waipahu, died after the oil tank he was working on at PSC Industrial's plant, exploded.

"Serious citations were issued on April 2, 2009 to PSC and to Panacorp, Inc.," said Dumlao.

As for the companies involved in Saturday's fatal demolition, investigators say the man killed worked for AG Transport of California, which partnered with San Construction of Hawaii on the project.

Hawaiian Cement Company hired them to do the job and says none of its workers were there at the time of the collapse.

The City of Honolulu says the cement company did have a demolition permit.

Late Monday afternoon, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as 54-year-old Juan Navarro of southern California.

The cause of death was multiple crushed injuries.

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