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Man crushed while unloading rafters in Williston

WILLISTON - A construction worker who died here Tuesday was crushed by roof rafters that let loose as workers unloaded them from a trailer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed today.

The worker who was killed cut a metal band holding the rafters together before they collapsed on top of him, said Eric Brooks, assistant director for the Bismarck Area OSHA Office.

The man worked for R&J Building Contractors of Branson, Mo. OSHA has not released the victim's name because officials were having difficulty locating the man's family, Brooks said.

The incident happened about 9 p.m. Tuesday at a Williston construction site, Brooks said. It was reported to OSHA Wednesday morning.

The investigation is ongoing.