Roofer critical after fall |

Roofer critical after fall

Justin Broglio
Emma Garrard / North Lake Tahoe Bonanza/ Construction workers gather outside the new fire station in Incline Village on Wednesday afternoon where their foreman fell off the roof.

INCLINE VILLAGE – The foreman of a Sacramento-based roofing company was in critical condition Wednesday night after falling some 35 feet off the unfinished roof of a new fire station.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. at 871 Tanager St. in Incline Village.

“He was doing one last inspection of the new roof before we shut down for the day and he just stepped off the edge,” said a member of the construction crew, who declined to give his name without his company’s permission. “We were just getting ready to get off the roof when I heard him scream.

“I ran to the edge and saw him lying on the concrete below. I immediately called 911 and yelled for the other workers to help him.”

The foreman’s name has been withheld until his family can be notified.

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief Mike Brown and Fire Chief Jim Linardos were the first paramedics on the scene.

Within 30 minutes paramedics loaded the man into a helicopter. He was transported to Washoe County Medical Center in Reno and underwent emergency surgery Wednesday night.

Gary Wiley, the project superintendent for West Coast Contractors – the company building the new fire station, said this is the first serious accident on the site.

Wiley said he was surprised when he was notified of the accident because the roofing foreman was one of the “safest members of the crew.”

“He always had his harness on,” Wiley said. “It’s really surprising that he would have got on the roof without it.”

Nevada OSHA arrived at the site to investigate the accident at 6 p.m. Wednesday; officials said an incident report will be released “as soon as possible.”

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