News / Utah / 

Construction worker killed in accidental roof collapse

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Jan. 25, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

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.

Email: preavy@ksl.com

Pat Reavy

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast