Construction Worker Tragically Killed in Ceiling Collapse
HIGH POINT, NC – According to an online news report at newsobserver.com, a construction worker died after a roof of a North Carolina house collapsed on him, per the High Point Police Department.*
The contractor was working in the interior of the two-story home when the ceiling collapsed, causing him to sustain fatal injuries. The worker’s body was found under the rubble located inside of the home, per a local news report. Police indicate that the death was an accident. As a result, there will be no criminal charges filed. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation of the accident.
The identity of the construction worker will be released to the public once the county coroner is able to identify the man’s next of kin.
The owner of the home indicated that the contractor was a friend of the family who had volunteered to help him with renovations to his house. The victim was painting when the ceiling collapsed on him, causing him to die from the impact of the accident.
The death of the contractor comes after a number of additional construction-related fatalities that happened in North and South Carolina over the past few days. A 55-year-old man who was working on a roof of a Gaffney, South Carolina warehouse died after falling through the ceiling for 60 feet onto a floor made of concrete. The next accident involved a 47-year-old man who was engaged in roofing at a retirement village in Spartanburg. He fell 4 stores and died as a result. Another accident occurred where a worker at a Washington Count, North Carolina farm got trapped into a grain silo, resulting in his tragic death. Earlier this month, two construction workers died and two additional ones were injured when the home they were building collapsed during a thunderstorm.
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