Dallas Cowboys assistant paralyzed after collapse of practice structure

The Seattle Times reports that a Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant suffered a serious injury when his spine was severed when a tent-like canopy structure collapsed on him during a severe and sudden storm. Rich Behm, age 33, suffered permanent paralysis from the waist down in the accident. Surgeons operated to stabilize his thoracic spine on Sunday.

Behm was one of 12 people injured in the accident that occurred on Saturday. Three of the 12 injured were Cowboys staff members. Assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither had surgery to repair fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Joe DeCamillis, the team’s special teams coach, sustained a fracture to a cervical vertebrae but he did not suffer any paralysis.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of the collapse. The $4 million practice facility was built in 2003 and the roof replaced just last year.

The storm that hit the structure which covered a football field had winds which were measured at 64mph which is almost the level of a tornado.


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