High winds may have caused fatal fall from ladder
Strong wind gusts may have been a factor in a fall that killed a Houston-area construction worker last week, according to the Star-Telegram. The April 13 incident occurred at the Hurst Conference Center and claimed the life of an employee working for a roofing contractor.
The man fell approximately 25 feet from a ladder while he was working on a building near the conference center. Emergency responders performed CPR and used an automatic electronic defibrillator on the man but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wind gusts of up to 23 mph were measured that day by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth measured and up to 29 mph at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
Assistant Police Chief Billy Keadle said that prior to the accident, the victim and another employee had discussed whether the wind conditions made it unsafe to use a ladder.