Construction worker killed in accidental roof collapse

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 48-year-old construction worker was killed Wednesday when a patio roof fell on top of him.

The accident happened about 9 a.m. at 2509 Kensington Ave. Five roofers were reshingling the main home, said Salt Lake fire spokesman Scott Freitag. A man was on a ladder doing some type of work to a patio roof that was connected by nails to the main roof, he said.

"The patio roof became detached and came down on top of him," Freitag said. "We're not sure why it came detached from the rest of the building."

Not all of the 15x15 foot roof collapsed. But enough of it dropped about 5 feet, pinning the man between the roof and his ladder, he said.

Investigators weren't sure if the man, whose name was not immediately released pending notification of family members, died from trauma or suffocation.

No one witnessed the actual roof collapse, Freitag said.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


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