Worker falls on roof of Chesterfield Towne Center

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A contractor working on the roof of Chesterfield Towne Center fell this morning and required help from an ambulance and the fire department to get down.

The fall happened around 10 a.m. Chesterfield Fire Department spokesman Jason Elmore said the man is an HVAC contractor and was surveying the air conditioning units on the rooftop.  He was trying to access a section of the roof that is 8-feet higher than the rest.  Elmore said the man was climbing a ladder attached to the mall when the ladder bent.  The man fell 8-feet, hit his head and lost consciousness for several minutes.

Mall employees and a group of contractors were on the roof at the time of the fall.  They called 911. An ambulance was first on the scene.

"The ambulance crew got here first," said Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire Department. "They quickly made it to the roof form the inside of the building and realized they needed more resources.

"He did lose consciousness and suffered some injuries," Elmore said. "If you fall greater than your height, it is a significant fall.  An 8-foot fall is fairly significant."

Once they reached the victim, they realized they couldn't get him down from the roof so the EMTs called for Chesterfield fire to bring a ladder truck. The man was attached to a basket, and with a firefighter holding on to him, was lowered to the ground and placed in the ambulance.

According to authorities, by the time he came down by the ladder, he had regained consciousness.  He is at Chippenham Medical Center and may have to stay overnight.

This afternoon, NBC12 received a call from OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the government watchdog for accidents in the workplace.  OSHA is investigating the Tuesday morning fall.

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