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Worker falls through roof at Schenck High School during construction job

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Workers secure insulation as part of a $2.4 million roof replacement at Schenck High School in East Millinocket on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine – A roofing subcontractor was hospitalized after falling through the roof of Schenck High School on Thursday, officials said.

The man, whose name was not immediately available, fell through a section of roof decking and landed on a file cabinet and possibly a table near the auditorium area of the school at about 8:30 a.m., said Quenten Clark, the school’s superintendent.

“He was walking on the Tectum [a type of roofing] when it gave out. There were four or five sections of it that they knew about and were trying to avoid,” said Reed Devoe, whose Devoe Construction Co. is the general contractor on the job.

The extent of the man’s injuries was not immediately available, but the worker did not appear to lose consciousness or break any bones, workers said.

The $2.4 million replacement of most of the school’s roof, the auditorium and gymnasium floors, and upgrade to the bathrooms in the classroom wings, is in progress but will not prevent school from starting on Tuesday, Clark said.

The accident was the first reported on-site since the work began in June. The worker, who fell about eight feet, was fortunate to have his fall broken somewhat by the file cabinet, Devoe said.

Fire and town ambulance officials did not immediately return messages left Thursday.

Part of the renovations at the school are being paid for by former town resident Gloria MacKenzie, who won a Powerball lottery jackpot in 2013.


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