Cape Town man falls through roof

2011-07-22 17:34

Cape Town - A man was severely injured when he fell 10m through a roof in Epping, Cape Town on Friday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said two men were taking measurements on the roof of a warehouse building when one of them plummeted through the roof.

The 42-year-old man sustained a deep cut to his head from the fall and complained of severe back pain.

Visser said he was treated at the scene and was taken to hospital for further medical care.

  • Taurusaurus - 2011-07-22 18:06

    Wow, that really is hair raising! I hope he makes a quick recovery. One always has to be careful with those old factory roofs in Epping Industrial. The asbestos is quite old and fairly worn through. I've been there recently on a site survey and it doesn't look at all inviting to get on those roofs - they're about 2 to 3 floors high too! (some higher than the 10m the article states) I suppose one could always try laying an extra ladder horizontally across the beams where the asbestos is mounted / secured, so that if the supporting asbestos shatters / cracks, you're still on a supported horizontal ladder between two beams, and can then walk to a supporting beam. In closing, best of luck with the recovery, and to anyone / everyone doing risky business on the rooftops, take care. :)

      OZNOB - 2011-07-24 20:41


  • BigMoose - 2011-07-22 19:07

    Lucky to be alive.

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