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Sun May 21, 2017, 04:56 AM

Workers lost their lives: The dark side of Idaho's residential construction boom

It was Brandon Ho’Rine’s first day on the job.

At age 42, Ho’Rine had been a construction worker for decades. An alcoholic, he had slipped back into drinking but was trying to get his life back on track in Boise when he answered a Craigslist job listing last September.

Ho’Rine was a framing specialist, not a roofer. He knew how to tear off shingles, though, and that’s all RP Construction of Nampa needed.

“There was a guy that picked him up that morning and took him to work,” said Ho’Rine’s mother, Linda Hayes. “There was no paperwork signed, nothing. And he wasn’t on the job that long.”

A few hours later, Ho’Rine seemed to lose his footing on the roof of a house RP was re-roofing and fell one story to the ground, Hayes said. He arrived at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise unconscious, with a traumatic brain injury.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article151643712.html

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