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Roof collapse blamed on bird droppings

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

From The Reporter:

Vacaville roof collapse blamed on birds

Posted: 01/25/2011 01:24:30 AM PST

Vacaville Fire Department officials are blaming pigeons for the collapse of a gas station awning Monday that nearly struck a woman who had just finished filling her tank.

Vacaville resident Chris Doss had stopped at Quick Way Gas located in the 400 block of Merchant Street when a quarter of the station’s metal roofing came thundering down next to her under the weight of several inches of bird droppings.

“It just went ‘boom’ and then it all came down,” said Doss, who had just finished putting gas in her silver 2007 Mazda 3.

She had just gotten back into her car on one side of the island at about 2:21 p.m. and hadn’t even had a chance to put the key in the ignition when the entire roofing section on the other side of the island collapsed, giving way to an avalanche of bird droppings.

Doss sat there in shock for a moment, not knowing what to do, she said.

Members of the Vacaville Fire Department responded and taped off the area surrounding the gas station.

Her husband, Thomas Doss, arrived a short time later and, as he consoled his shaken wife, couldn’t help expressing his amazement.

“Wow, it’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m telling you, someone would have been killed if they had been standing there.”

According to Vacaville Fire Battalion Chief Brian Moore, the section of the roof was brought down by the weight of the pigeon droppings that had accumulated over the years.

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From Bird-B-Gone: Re: Roof collapse blamed on bird droppings

Gas station canopies are a favorite roosting  and nesting site for birds such as pigeons and gulls. The high canopies provide a good vantage point and open areas in the structure create ideal nesting and roosting sites. Not to mention, these canopies are are rarely ever inspected or disturbed. The problem is, as we see with this particular gas station, where birds frequent, bird droppings accumulate.

Bird droppings can pose many problems for businesses. They can detract from a businesses appearance, create a slip and fall risk, and pose a health risk – as bird droppings carry many diseases including salmonella and encephalitis. Then there is the damage to structures itself to consider. In This case we see that the weight of the bird droppings caused the collapse, possibly years worth of droppings that perhaps the business owner knew nothing about. Bird Droppings are also highly acidic and can corrode paint and building materials such as stone, steel and brick. In fact, after the I-35 bridge  in Minnesota collapsed in 2006, it was reported that workers who had been servicing the bridge had seen a high accumulation of bird droppings on the bridges main tresses, and bird droppings were considered as a contributing factor.

The best way to deal with this problem, is to install humane bird deterrents before it gets out of hand. There are many products available today that can effectively block birds from landing on structures such as gas station canopies. The sooner a bird problem is taken care of the better. Left unattended, birds become attached to sites, territorial, the longer you wait to move them along, the more persistent they will be about staying. If the owner of the gas station had knowledge of the bird problem, could he have been held liable for injury or property damage caused by the collapse? Most likely.

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