Worker falls to his death through roof of Camden site

Posted: March 13, 2013

A 50-year-old Gloucester County man died Monday when he fell through the roof of a recycling center in a Camden industrial park.

The victim, of Franklinville, was cleaning the roof of the building on the 2200 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue when he fell to an elevated platform several feet off the floor shortly before 8:30 a.m., the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.

His identity was not released.

The medical examiner ruled the death an accident. Authorities said the man died at the scene of multiple injuries.

The victim was employed by Harris Camden Realty, which owns the industrial park and leases it to more than 10 businesses - including ReCommunity Recycling, where the fatality occurred - and a construction materials retailer, said vice president Thomas Harris III.

Harris said the victim was cleaning the flat roof of the ReCommunity building.

"He was a great worker, he was an honest guy, a hardworking guy," Harris said. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of life today."

Harris said the roof "had some undetectable issues."

Harris said the victim was one of three employees cleaning the roof. One employee tried to grab the victim as he fell about four stories, Harris said.

The Prosecutor's Office, which initially handled the case, handed the matter over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor office that handles workplace safety and health, because it is not a criminal matter.

Leni Uddyback-Fortson, a Department of Labor spokesman, confirmed OSHA was investigating.

She said OSHA had no record of previous involvement with Harris Camden Realty. The death is the company's first fatality, she said.

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