Two construction workers hospitalized after Mather Airport accident

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said two people sent to a hospital Thursday morning after a metal beam fell on them at Mather Airport work for Ascent Builders, a Sacramento construction company.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District received reports of a building that collapsed about 10:50 a.m. at the airport near Bullard Street and Superfortress Avenue, said Maurice Johnson, fire district assistant chief.

Fire district personnel found that a building had not collapsed, but a beam had fallen on the pair at a construction site, Johnson said.

The injured workers were connecting iron beams when they lost control of the beams, said Julia Bernstein, a Cal-OSHA spokeswoman, in an email.

Bernstein said she could not provide additional information because an investigation of the accident by Cal-OSHA is underway.

Officials at Ascent Builders declined to comment about the accident.

The construction site was at one of five new shade hangars being built at the airport, said Laurie Slothower, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Department of Airports.

Construction began several months ago and were intended to be used for a new EVA Flight Training Academy, a school for people who want to become professional pilots, she added.

“It’s months from opening,” Slothower said. “This is a new business at Mather Airport.”

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