Summary of incident: On May 9, 2013, at approximately 4:14 pm, an insurance claims adjuster asked to borrow a ladder from a contractor working next door claiming his ladder was too short to gain access to the roof. The contractor permitted use and helped set the ladder against the building and held it while the deceased climbed and gained access to the roof. According to the contractor, as the claims adjuster was preparing to climb down, he swung his leg over the edge of the roof missing the ladder rung causing him to fall head first approximately 18-feet onto a concrete surface.
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Type of Injury
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The insurance claims adjuster asked to borrow a ladder from a contractor working next door claiming his ladder was too short to gain access to the roof. The contractor permitted use and helped set the ladder against the building and held it while the deceased climbed and gained access to the roof. According to the contractor, as the claims adjuster was preparing to climb down, he swung his leg over the edge of the roof missing the ladder rung causing him to fall head first approximately 18-feet onto a concrete surface.