Roofers have dangerous jobs. Because of the heights involved, roofing requires an immense amount of safety knowledge, as one mistake can cause a deadly fall. A Florida roofer was working on a home recently when he slipped on a roof and fell to the ground. Unfortunately, he did not survive his injuries.
The incident occurred on the morning of Oct. 28. The roofer and 10 other workers were working on a new home in Plantation Bay. The man and two other roofers were on the roof of the home unloading a pallet of tiles. He slipped, fell and hit the ground toward the back of the home. Other workers tended to him and called for emergency help. Only one worker saw the 43-year-old man fall.
The man was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler to be treated for his injuries. He died before noon that day. He was an employee with Langford Services Inc., one of the subcontractors used to construct the home in a stretch of cleared land in Flagler County.
Several investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrived on the job site that morning to review the situation. Flagler Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the cause of the accident.
Falls account for millions of hospital visits every year. Falls can cause many types of injuries to the body, including broken bones, neck problems and head trauma. The injuries depend on how far the person fell and the surface he or she landed on. When these types of construction accidents occur, the result is hardly ever favorable.
When a worker dies while on the job, sometimes the victim’s family can receive some sort of compensation from the employer. The family should still discuss their legal rights, and ensure they receive the damages to which they are entitled.
Source: FlaglerLive.com, “Fall Kills Roofer Roberto Martinez, 43, As He Worked on a New Plantation Bay House” No author given, Oct. 29, 2013