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il [ f ProsandCons CCSNBill"In In t,, :'i! of NRMC Committee ,, [ Wheeler's petproject: I Page 11 Page 4  Page 32 Pahrump Valley Gazette Thursday, January 30, 1997 Serving all of Pahrump, Nye, Esmeralda, and Death Valley Vol. XIV, No. 25 [ [ t | | t Building under construction collapses, two injured Owner cited for numerous violations by Doug McMurdo Gazette staff PAHRUMP - A stick-frame business under construc- tion one block east of Homestead on Hwy. 160 collapsed around 11:30 Wednesday morning, January 29. Two work- ers were injured in the accident and were transported to PMC for treatment before being sent to UMC for care. Pahrump resident Paul Tarantino, who is building the office complex, has been cited by Deputy State Fire Marshall Anthony Capucci for numerous willful viola- tions, including failure to comply with a "stop-work" order that Capucci issued that morning. The stop-work order was issued due to, no plans available for inspection. The two men injured were working on the project when the outer walls kicked out and the truss works flattened and broke. Dudley Hamett, who was on the roof when it fell in, said one leg hurt bad as well as his chest and head. Hamett says he has no prior experience in the construction trade, "This is the first time I've done this kind of work," said Hamett, "I ain't never done any construction work in my life. I'm an oil field worker by trade.-" A.J. Quitutgua, the second injured worker, said, "I was on the ladder nxt to the building when I saw thecenter start collapsing. It came my way (so) I yelled at the other guy to watch out. I was mainly concerned for him because he was on the roof. He (Hamett) fell 10 to t2 feet." Quitutgua claims to have 22 years experience in the construction business. Neither worker's injuries are considered life threatening. At first, there was confusion regarding how the building collapsed and who was liable. Tarantino blamed a local contractor and the truss manufacturers for the collapse, However, further investigation by NCSO Sergeant Tony Philips, Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Vern Long and Capucci told a different story Tarantino initially represented to authorities local con- tractor Kenny Williams was building the project. How- ever, Williams pulled out of the operation when Tarantino allegedly offered to pay Williams $500 per week to "just show up for about five minutes a day," to give the appear- ance a licensed contractor was performing the work. ac- cording to Williams. In fact, upon learning Tarantino's intentions  use his own labor and not comply with statutory codes, Williams demanded Tarantino sign a letter stating Williams' construction company was not the contractor. Williams provided the NCSO and C. apucci copies of the letter, signed by Tarantino. Williams says he sent the letter to the State Contractors Board in Carson City t and re eoae prior to the accident. 1 tv Interestingly, Williams assisted Tarantino to complete Continued on Page 3 6:00 -/0:00