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Roofer Falls Into Boiling Hot Tar


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.

Job-site accidents have caused catastrophic injuries for countless victims in the United States. Has someone you loved been injured in a workplace accident and suffered a catastrophic injury? St. Louis’ best work accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, have helped many victims recover the compensation they deserve after a life-changing injury at work. Going through this time alone can be frustrating and difficult. Please contact Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, and schedule a free sit-down appointment where you can learn more about how we can help you.

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