ST. GEORGE – A construction worker has died following a 40-foot fall from the roof of the Dixie Middle School construction site Monday.
Eduardo Gayoso, 57, an employee of Skyline Roofing, was unloading some insulation from a forklift on the steel decking of the roof at about 1:45 p.m., when he lost his footing and fell backwards over the edge landing on a snorkel lift, a type of fork lift, said Derrick Capps, office assistant at Skyline Roofing.
Emergency crews at the scene were unable to comment on Gayoso’s condition while being transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center. He later died from injuries sustained from the fall.
“He was not wearing his harness, our workers are instructed to wear their harness in those situations and for some reason he chose not to wear the harness,” Capps said. “We have had close calls before, but nothing of this magnitude before.”
The harness is attached to a secure structure and is required when roofers are working close to the edge and there is no wall, Capps said.
“He was a good hard worker and trying his best to get the job done,” Capps said, “Unfortunately he failed to follow his training.”
Gayoso had been employed with Skyline Roofing for about four years.
Skyline Roofing is a subcontractor hired to complete the roofing at the Dixie Middle School, which is being overseen by general contractor Bud Mahas Construction.
“We feel extremely sorry for the gentleman and our condolences go out to his family and Skyline Roofing; it’s not something that happens very often, but when it does it’s pretty tragic,” Walker Melling, Bud Mahas Construction project manager, said.
Melling praised the quick response time of the St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance that were dispatched to the scene.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident Tuesday.
St. George News Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this article.
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