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March 19. 2012 12:59PM

Construction worker dies after being struck by falling bracket


Daily Drivin car club co-presidents Alan Hall and DJ Johnson, both of Manchester, speak to those gathered to show support for club member Tyler Walsh outside The Sports Authority in Manchester Monday night. Walsh had died earlier in the day after being injured working on a construction site in Manchester. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)


Firefighters carry an injured construction worker to an ambulance Monday morning after a metal rod became impaled in his head after staging collapsed in the rear of the building. PAT GROSSMITH/UNION LEADER 

Friends mourned the 19-year-old carpenter who died Monday after a metal staging bracket fell from a house he was helping build and pierced his skull.

Tyler Walsh died at Elliot Hospital, where he went by ambulance with a piece of the staging bracket imbedded in his skull, police and fire officials said.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the construction fatality that happened about 11 a.m. at 40 Checkerberry Way.

Walsh, of 172 Elm St., Goffstown, was the nephew of the owner of the framing crew that was working on the building. The house is part of The Neighborhoods of Woodland Park located off Countryside Boulevard, according to District Fire Chief James Michael.

Workers were putting up the metal staging brackets on the rear wall of the house when the incident occurred, Michael explained. He said crew members told him the bracket fell from a third-floor window while Walsh was walking on the ground below.

“Somebody said, ‘Heads up!' And he looked up and that's when it hit him,” Michael said. The rod portion of the bracket impaled Walsh's skull just above his right eye, he said.

The metal piece penetrated the right frontal lobe by at least an inch, Michael said.

Police received a call from the state Medical Examiner's Office about 3:30 p.m. notifying them Walsh died, Sgt. Todd Boucher said

Walsh was among three framers on the job. Norton Construction of Salem also had a roofing crew at the site, Michael said.

“We know the bracket fell. We don't know how the bracket fell,” Michael said.

Steve Rook, OSHA assistant area director in Concord, was at the job site Monday, but would not comment.

“It's still a preliminary investigation. We're still working on it,” Rook said.

Walsh was a car buff who dreamed of owning a sporty Mazda and belonged to the Daily Driven Car Club, which is based in Manchester, said Danielle “D.J.” Johnson, 28, of Manchester, who heads the club with her boyfriend, Alan Hall, 30.

Car club members and car enthusiasts from Manchester and beyond planned to gather at the Sports Authority on South Willow Street Monday night, Johnson said. There they expected to sign a card expressing their condolences to Walsh's mother in Goffstown, then start their engines for a “slow cruise” to Elm Street to honor their friend.

“The slow roll is for his life and him looking down at us. I just know he would appreciate this,” Johnson said of the 2009 Manchester West High School graduate.

Johnson described Walsh as an “awesome” and “outgoing” person with a ready smile.“He was a blast,” Johnson said.

“He would do anything to make his friends laugh. One time, going into a car show, he didn't have the money to get in....So he went in (somebody's) trunk. He almost passed out from the exhaust,” she added.


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