Con­trac­tor dies af­ter fall­ing through roof

Greenwich Time - - NEWS - By Ig­na­cio La­guarda

The man who fell through a sky­light while re­build­ing a ware­house roof in Stam­ford on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon has died, po­lice said.

The 59-year-old man from Stam­ford, whose name was not yet re­leased pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of his fam­ily, died at Stam­ford Hospi­tal late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Capt. Tom Bar­cello said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors in the po­lice depart­ment’s Bu­reau of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions are pitch­ing in to help find the man’s rel­a­tives in for­eign coun­tries in or­der to no­tify them of the death, Bar­cello said.

The ac­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by OSHA, but he was un­aware of their find­ings.

But Bar­cello said that he could tell by look­ing at the ac­ci­dent scene that it was clear that what­ever the man had stepped onto that was placed over the sky­light could not sup­port his weight.

“It is a tragedy that could pos­si­bly be a need­less ac­ci­dent that could have been pre­vented,” Bar­cello said. “There was not enough sup­port there.”

The man was taken to Stam­ford Hospi­tal af­ter fall­ing 30 feet while re­pair­ing the roof of Stam­ford Win­dus­trial on Sun­ny­side Av­enue in Wa­ter­side.

Stam­ford Deputy Fire Chief Eric Lorenz said the man was re­pair­ing or re­plac­ing the four-foot by four-foot sky­lights on the roof. The man suf­fered “trauma to the head” once af­ter fall­ing to the ware­house floor, and lost a sig­nif­i­cant amount of blood, Lorenz said.

The man was trans­ported to Stam­ford Hospi­tal.

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