One dead, one injured in Roxboro auction incident

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 07:36 PM

A Roxboro man has died and another man was injured in an incident at Talbert Building Supply in Roxboro on Saturday, law enforcement and rescue officials said Monday.

Donnie Chapman, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Roxboro Police Department Chief Todd Boycher. Another man was transported with non-life threatening injuries to Duke University Hospital.

Boycher said an auction was held at the building supply company’s location in Roxboro. Chapman was in the process of loading doors he was purchasing.

A shift in the stack caused the doors to fall toward him, Boycher said, which caused Chapman to fall and hit his head on the blade of a forklift.

Emergency medical services staff reached Chapman at 1:23 p.m. Saturday, Boycher said. He said medical staff was not able to keep him alive. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and was transported to Roxboro Memorial Hospital. He was not an employee of the company, Boycher said.

The second man, Alan Hansen, was helping Chapman, Boycher said. Hansen was transported to the hospital with a laceration on his arm and forehead, but was stable, alert and conscious, said Roxboro Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Robinson.

Sarah Avery, a spokeswoman for Duke University Hospital, said the hospital did not have anyone with that name registered on Monday.

The police investigation is closed, and no charges have been filed, Boycher said.

“I hate to use the term because it sounds like a cliché, (but) this was just a freak accident,” he said.

Neal O’Briant, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Labor, said the company’s most recent occupational safety and health standard violations date to 2009. The company’s total fine was $500.

There were two serious violations, he said. The first dealt with standards for powered industrial trucks, or fork lifts, O’Briant said. The second dealt with machine guarding, he said, which involves standards to make sure the machine parts are guarded to protect users.

Attempts to reach Talbert Building Supply officials were unsuccessful Monday. The company, which has locations in Roxboro as well as in Durham and in Clarksville, Va., is a supplier of building products and services.