Roofing company VP killed after 26-feet fall

Posted Jun 04, 2021

Vice president of a roofing company based in Montreal, died in a 26 ft. (around 8 metres) fall on December 1, 2020, reports the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Magazine.

On that morning, he and a colleague were at a residential building in a neighbourhood in Montreal. They had gone there to seal a crack which was leaking water near a vent on the roof.

To get to the roof, he used a portable extendable ladder and leaned it against one of the building’s walls. He then climbed up the ladder holding a roof fan in his right hand. Once at the top of the ladder and while trying to access the roof, the top of the ladder slipped and he fell to the ground. Emergency services were called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two causes for the accident were found: the ladder slipping, and the planning of the building work itself (i.e. inadequate access to the roof as well as the tools and the way they were used) – which were hazardous and violated various provincial health and safety laws.  Read the full article HERE.