Roofer Falls Into Boiling Hot Tar
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
A St. Louis roofer was severely burned during a job-site
accident when he fell into a kettle filled with hot tar. The 66-year-old man was
repairing a roof in University City when the accident occurred. According
to the victim’s wife, her husband and son were finishing roofing
work when he fell off the roof and into a 420-gallon kettle filled with
boiling tar. The roofer went to swing a mop handle off the roof, and it
caught his glove and pulled him off the roof into the kettle, according
to a witness. His son says his dad was submerged in 400 pounds of tar
that was near 600 degrees. The roofer was pulled out by his son and another
worker only seconds later.
According to the man wife, he suffered third-degree burns on 65 percent
of his body, punctured a lung and broke three ribs. He is currently in
an induced coma. His wife told a local news station that he is a Vietnam
War veteran. The family says it will be a long and difficult recovery.
The man remains in critical condition.
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