Worker installing solar panels fatally falls from roof: Cops

A construction worker died after he fell from the roof of Queens home while he was installing solar panels Thursday morning, police said.

The 60-year-old man was working on the roof of a two-story home on 50th Avenue, between 94th Street and Junction Boulevard, in Corona at about 11:30 a.m. when he fell, according to police.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately released.

A permit for the installation of solar panels, by the company Sunrun, was approved earlier this month, according to Department of Buildings records.

The department issued a stop work order Thursday after the accident. It also issued a partial vacate order due to illegal occupancy of the cellar and attic, records show.

Sunrun confirmed in a statement that the man worked for the company and was a certified electrician.

“We are doing a thorough investigation working with the authorities and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) so we can understand what happened,” the statement said. “The safety of our employees, customers and contractors is our highest priority and again our deep-felt thoughts are with his family, friends and co-workers, as well as, everyone impacted by this incident.”


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