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Worker dies after fall through roof of building in park

June 23, 2021 GMT

SOUTH PARK, Pa. (AP) — A masonry company worker was pronounced dead after falling through the roof of a large building in a park near Pittsburgh, authorities said.

Allegheny County police and paramedics were called shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday to the Agricultural Building in the South Park Fairgrounds and found the 59-year-old man unresponsive. Paramedics tried to save him but he was pronounced dead the scene, officials said.

Detectives said the man was an employee of Marsa Masonry who was doing work on the building. They say he left the scaffolding from which he was working and climbed onto the roof of the building. A witness reported seeing him fall backwards and go through a skylight in the roof, falling about 21 feet, officials said.

The man’s name wasn’t immediately released. Authorities said foul play isn’t suspected. Anyone with information was asked to call county police. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.