February 20, 2012
A tragic fall at an apartment complex in Shelton, Connecticut, is to blame for taking the life of a construction worker last Tuesday. According to reports from NBC-Connecticut, the accident happened at approximately 12:00 PM on a building roof in the Sunwood Condominium Complex.
Reports from the Shelton police department say that the worker had been on the roof fixing a skylight in one of the units moments before he was found unresponsive on the ground outside one of the buildings. Police estimate that the man fell approximately 40 feet.
Paramedics transported the 46-year-old man to Bridgeport Hospital, where he later died.
The Shelton police department, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the accident further.
The construction industry is considered to be the most dangerous type of work in the United States, accounting for hundreds of deaths each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 635 construction workers died as a result of on-the-job falls during 2010.
This is why employers are required to supply workers with safety equipment that will prevent injuries in the event of an accident. To not do so is considered neglect on the employer's part.