Carpenter dies after fall at Clayton jobsite

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Carpenters Local 32 accepting donations on behalf of family

By SHERI GASSAWAY
Correspondent

Mike Johnson, 27, of Carpenters Local 92, has died after suffering injuries at a Clayton jobsite last week.

The incident, which is under investigation, happened Oct. 5 around 7: 30 a.m. at a high-rise building under construction called Forsyth Pointe at Forsyth Avenue and Brentwood Boulevard.

The Clayton Fire Department responded to the call. They say a steel form used to pour foundations became dislodged and collapsed. Johnson was on the panel, which was about 20 feet high and 5 feet wide, when it fell.

Construction crew members were able to remove the panel and begin CPR on Johnson until first responders arrived. He was transported to Barnes-Jewish Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Abigail Martin, a Carpenters Local 32 journeywoman, is collecting gift cards and donations for Johnson’s family and for another young carpenter, John Lane, who died last week after a battle with cancer.

“Last week was a rough week here in St. Louis,” Martin wrote in a Facebook post in a group called Union Members Helping Union Members. “We lost two carpenters – one to a job site incident and another to cancer. Both brothers were young and left behind family who could use our assistance and support.”

Fellow carpenter Adam Sharp said Johnson was a kind and loving person.

“A sudden loss and a death of someone so young is soul shattering,” Sharp wrote on his Facebook page. “Mike Johnson had a heart of gold and a smile that I will never forget.

“We, as a brotherhood will always carry him with us.”

To send a gift card or to make a donation on behalf of Johnson or John Lane, who died from cancer, make checks payable to Abigail Martin or Carpenters Local 32 and mail to Local 32 at 755 Parr Road, Wentzville, MO 63385.

A visitation will held Friday, Oct. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at Impact Agape Ministries Church, 11725 Bellefontaine Road in Spanish Lake, Mo. A viewing is scheduled from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday, Oct. 17 and a funeral will follow at 11 a.m.

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