St. Louis Roofer Dies After Falling Into Tar Kettle
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
A St. Louis roofer has died more than a month after a tragic
construction accident in which he fell into a kettle of burning tar. The 66-year-old man died
last Wednesday after spending over a month in a medically induced coma.
The roofer was working on a one-story University City building when he
fell off the roof and into a four-wheel 450-gallon tar kettle that was
nearly 600 degrees. His son was working with him when the work accident
occurred on August 6th. The son and another employee pulled the man from
the kettle and doused him with water.
Family and friends said the man has been in an induced medical coma and
died from his injuries. A funeral with military honors was held Monday.
The roofer was an Army veteran who served in South Vietnam in 1968.
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, a study
called Fatal Falls from Roofs Among U.S. Construction Workers was conducted
and reveals that one-third of fall-related construction fatalities fell
from roofs. The study collected data from 1992-2009. The findings suggest
that those who face a disproportionately high risk of roof accidents are
residential construction workers, workers employed by small establishments,
as well as Hispanic and immigrant workers.
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