Man killed at construction site for new Delaware home
Blowing off a bit of steam here. Journalists take note. Check out this article about the death of a worker who fell two stories from the roof of a new house:
DELAWARE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
A construction worker was killed after he fell from the second story of a Delaware home under construction per police.
Delaware police said the man was in his 40s and was working on a new home from Pulte Homes on Eagle Walk Road. According to police, he fell from the second story of the new home into the basement just before noon Saturday.
The worker may have had a medical problem that contributed to his death, but police said they cannot make that determination until the autopsy is released.
Really, a medical problem. Where did that information come from? The employer maybe? And what if he did have a “medical problem” that caused him to fall. Maybe he had a heart attack on the roof, or a stroke. Possible, but unlikely for a man in his 40s. But even if he did, the crucial fact is here that the man was clearly not using fall protection. The point of wearing a harness that is tied off to an anchor is that even if you have a heart attack, or a slight bout of dizziness, or trip on a tool, or just lose your balance for no reason at all, your fall is going to be arrested before you hit the ground. Then you can head to the hospital to deal with your heart or whatever.
Journalists out there. Be skeptical when you hear stuff like this. It’s a common employer excuse after a preventable tragedy strikes: blame the worker or blame an unavoidable act of God.
But here the blame goes to the employer who wasn’t ensuring that the worker was provided with fall protection equipment and that he was using it properly.
OK, now back to our regularly scheduled programming…..