Worker dies after falling through roof of RI Community Food Bank

Worker dies after falling through roof of RI Community Food Bank

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A New Bedford man died Monday after he fell through the roof of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in Providence.

Officials on scene said workers had cut a hole in the roof of the Niantic Avenue building while installing a new HVAC system.

One of the workers, identified as Scott Simons, fell through the hole and down about 40 feet, according to officials. It’s unclear at this time if he was involved in the cutting of the hole.

Simons, 50, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Simons worked for Diversified Roofing, which is the same company that installed the building’s roof about six years ago.

The incident is being investigated by city officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The food bank continues to operate as normal. It was open when Simons fell Monday morning, so people were there to immediately call 911.

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