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State says wind caused deadly Hendersonville wall collapse


The state has released its report on the deadly wall collapse at the construction site of a future Goodwill facility in Hendersonville.

Two workers died and another was injured in the collapse April 18, and investigators say several things were done wrong on that project on Indian Lake Boulevard.

Officials determined strong winds caused braces on the wall to come down, bringing the wall down with them.

According to the report, workers had removed several of the braces one or two days before the accident.

The report also concluded there were not enough braces in place.

At the time of the collapse, there were only three inside the wall and one outside, but there should have been 12 inside and 12 outside.

The report also indicated workers did not adequately anchor the braces to the ground with screws or bolts.

And inspectors discovered employees had not received proper training.

In all, the state cited four companies: Solomon Builders, Tayes Masonry, N&S Waterproofing and Thornes Excavating.

Each could have to pay at least $14,000 in fines for an accident inspectors seem to believe could have been prevented.

At the time of the collapse, Solomon Builders released a statement, defending what it called a "pretty strong" safety record.

Channel 4 News has been unable to reach Solomon or any of its subcontractors for comment on the report Thursday.

Construction at that site eventually continued, and the new Goodwill store will open in October.

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