Chicago construction worker dies after fall through roof

Updated Jun 10, 2014
Credit: NBC ChicagoCredit: NBC Chicago

A worker with a roofing company died over the weekend after a fall through a Chicago building.

While working on the roof of a building in the city’s West Town neighborhood, Filiberto Herrera-Mendez, 46, fell through a hatch in the roof, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said Herrera-Mendez, fell about 30 feet.

There’s no work on the progress of the investigation of the accident or the cause of the fall. Chicago police said they would release no further details on the accident.

The accident comes days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s week-long National Fall Safety Stand Down. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, with hundreds of workers dying each year and thousands more facing serious injuries.