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Man Killed in Massachusetts When Deck Collapses


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A 78-year old man died in Melrose, MA in October. The deck was installed about six feet off the ground and collapsed on top of the man while he was trying to repair it.

Blow up the photo in the attached link. You'll see only spikes protruding from the ledger and you'll see where the deck ledger wasn't flashed when it was attached to the house and you'll see rot where water had been getting behind the vinyl siding and then drained behind the ledger.

http://jlc-media.com/portal/wts/cemcBDa ... AMaAFkAs6c



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Since that house is in the neighborhood I grew up in, I'll just chime in and say that you probably can't blame the city inspector for this, most folks don't pull permits for stuff like this.

Sad story, but better to die doing what you enjoy (even if you don't do it that well) than to die in front of the TV watching other people do it.

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