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OSHA investigates fatal Stamford construction accident

October 11, 2018

STAMFORD — The man who fell about 30 feet through a skylight while rebuilding a Waterside warehouse roof has died.

Capt. Tom Barcello said the 59-year-old Stamford man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, died at Stamford Hospital late Wednesday afternoon.

Barcello said investigators in the department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations are helping to find relatives overseas to notify them of the man’s death.

Barcello said it was clear there was not enough support on the roof to handle the man’s weight.

“It is a tragedy that could possibly be a needless accident that could have been prevented,” Barcello said. “There was not enough support there.”

The accident occurred at the plumbing supply store and warehouse, Stamford Windustrial on Sunnyside Avenue. An employee said Thursday the building’s owner hired the company to perform the construction. He said Windustrial rents the space.

Deputy Fire Chief Eric Lorenz said the man was repairing or replacing four-foot by four-foot skylights on the roof when the accident happened. He suffered trauma to the head and lost a significant amount of blood, Lorenz said.

A spokesman for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said an investigation has begun into the worker’s company, RP Construction of Stamford. The OSHA spokesman declined to comment until the investigation is completed.

A person who answered the phone at RP Construction LLC in Stamford said his company was not involved in the accident.

It was unclear if the job had been shut down. Calls to Stamford Building Official Bharat Gami were not returned.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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