According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Michael Persichitti, 47, a subcontracted by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal of Lexington, was killed after falling from a height of 30 feet off the roof of a building he had been working on.
This accident took place at the University of Kentucky Student Center renovation and expansion site on Avenue of Champions at Lexington Avenue, around 11 a.m. last Friday, January 13th 2017.
Construction was suspended for the rest of the day and while no harnesses are believed to have been “involved” in the accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be conducting its own investigation.
According to the 2015 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released by the U.S. Department of Labor, there were a total of 4,836 fatal work injuries recorded for the year – a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries reported the previous year in 2014.
Falls to a lower height accounted for roughly 40% of all fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015.
In 2015, there were a total of 648 fatal injuries sustained from falls to lower levels, with 8% of them comprising falls at a height of 26 to 30 feet. Notably, of the cases where the fall heights were known, more than 40% of them were from heights of 15 feet or less.