A Coffs Harbour builder was lucky not to have been hit by this falling gum tree limb.
A Coffs Harbour builder was lucky not to have been hit by this falling gum tree limb. Trevor Veale

Builder's tale of luck as tree fall smashes house site

ANDREW Bieman's decision to jump down off the roofing frame of a new home he was working on to get some tools may have just saved his life.

Standing on the concrete slab of the house being built in Coffs Harbour's Roselands Estate he said he heard a crack and found himself in a shadow of a falling tree branch, some 30 metres in length.  

"When I heard it I knew exactly what it was and I could see it starting to come down,"Andrew said. 

"I just ran and onto the roof it fell.

Pointing to the fallen tree branch that crashed through the house frame, Andrew relived his stroke of luck.

Andrew Bieman with the large gum tree limb that fell over the Coffs Harbour work project this afternoon.
Andrew Bieman with the large gum tree limb that fell over the Coffs Harbour work project this afternoon. Trevor Veale

"I had been stringing roofing lines there at the back of the house and was just about done. 

"I almost asked Mick here to get the tools, but I didn't and got down - how lucky's that.

Crushing a security fence, steel scaffolding and breaking timber beams like splinters, the fallen limb of the big gum showed active signs of termites.  

"When it came down there wasn't a breath of wind it must have been that one little termite that ate just that little bit too much," he said. 

Ändrew who was due to hand over the management of the site tomorrow was left making a heap calls this afternoon to the owner, the builder manager, Work Cover and the Coffs Harbour City Council. 

"This will set us back weeks on this project, it just had to happen today, what's real lucky is that there were a heap of roofers working up there earlier." 


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