5 Workers Fall From Roof at East Deer Site

Five roofers were injured after scaffolding they were working on collapsed beneath them.

About the Scaffolding Incident

On Monday morning, five workers at Weleski’s Transfer facility in East Deer, PA fell when scaffolding collapsed.

TribLive News reports that no life threatening injuries were reported; however, two of the workers were airlifted to a local Pittsburgh hospital. Two of the other men were also treated at the hospital and another declined to be treated.

The workers were on the scaffolding, repairing the roof about 20 feet in the air when it collapsed. The workers were not employees of Weleski’s, but were from the roofing company J&J Roofing of Vandergrift.

The owner of J&J Roofing, Jason Fish was actually one of the men injured in the scaffolding collapse. Fish was treated and later released from the hospital.

A manager for J&J Roofing refused to release the names of the others involved in the incident. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the incident.

Statistics about Work-Related Injuries

The Following Information is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • In 2012 nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace related injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers.
  • Among those injuries 2.1 million were in service-producing industries.
  • Roofers have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average.

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