A 65 year old roofer from Bolton has died following an incident where he fell off a ladder as he was carrying out repairs on a chimney. The incident occurred when the roofer, Keith Allan Jackson, had been in climbing down from the house’s roof. He subsequently fell as he neared the bottom of the ladder, landed on the ground and sustained severe head injuries.
The accident occurred just before 10am on Tuesday morning. A doctor was brought to the scene by air ambulance. An ambulance was then called and Mr Jackson was brought to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Unfortunately, Mr Jackson was pronounced dead not long after arriving.
Called to the scene were Detectives from Blackburn with Darwen CID and The Health and Safety Executive following reports that a man had sustained severe head injuries due to an industrial accident. The police have stated that the cause of death will be determined by a post mortem examination. It is thought that Mr Jackson may have had a heart attack while he was climbing down the ladder.
Mr Jackson began the company Roofkraft in 1965 – he was a self-employed tradesman. It is believed that two members of staff were employed by the company. Roofkraft have confirmed that they are aware of the incident.
The investigation was led by DI Mark Vaughton who stated –
“We received a call from the ambulance service stating a 65-year-old man had been found with head injuries in the back yard of a house in Brandwood Street, Darwen.
“We quickly established the man who is from Bolton had been working at the property.
“At this time his cause of death still remains unknown, but I can say there were no suspicious circumstances.
“I also believe this man did not fall from a great height.
“The paramedics made a valiant effort to save the man who later sadly died.
“My sincere condolences are with the family.”