Plumbing Distributor Hajoca, 2 Different Enterprise Cited for Deadly Wall Collapse
A Google Street view of the Hajoca showroom in Hendersonville, NC.
Six months after a wall under construction on a plumber’s branch collapsed, killing a bricklayer and injuring four others, three North Carolina state companies were charged and fined.
A notice from the North Carolina Department of Labor said that distributor Hajoca Corp. and Robert Crawford Masonry were each cited with an alleged willful willful gross violation and an alleged serious violation of the North Carolina Labor Protection Act, with each company fined $ 30,800. The department also cited Pinnacle Grading Co. Inc. with alleged serious breach of the law and fined $ 2,800.
According to the city of Hendersonville, on the morning of Jan. 13, a retaining wall under construction in the parking lot of Hajoca’s showroom in Hendersonville, NC, collapsed, trapping five contracted masonry members underneath. A press release said a crew member who got away with minor injuries said that four other members were working with him. Rescue workers rescued three of them, followed by the 37-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two of the injured were flown to hospitals and one was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Hajoca describes itself as the United States’ largest private wholesaler of plumbing, heating and industrial supplies. It’s also one of the oldest – founded in 1858. Headquartered in Lafayette Hill, PA, northwest of Philadelphia, the company employs approximately 3,500 people.