Satellite man’s tragic rooftop death plunge
A TELLY fan plunged 30ft to his death after trying to fix a satellite dish on his roof, an inquest heard.
Stephen Smith, 46, was irritated by the sound of a loose cable flapping about in strong winds and blurring his TV picture.
But a ladder he had borrowed wasn’t long enough and had no grip on the slippery roof top.
He asked neighbour Eamonn Rush, a former roofer, to “foot the ladder” and hold it steady while he did the job on Dec 9 last year, but the ladder slipped.
Mr Smith, of Cleator Moor, West Cumbria, fell 30ft onto a concrete path surrounding his house and suffered serious injuries.
He suffered multiple fractures and a heart attack and died on the way to hospital.
Doctors said because of his injuries, a heart condition and diabetes, chances of survival were very slim, the inquest at West Allerdale Magistrates’ Court in Workington, Cumbria, was told.
Verdict: Accidental death.