A worker killed after falling three stories from a building in downtown Omaha on Tuesday was identified Wednesday as 53-year-old Darrell Anglen. His last known address was in Council Buffs.
It happened near 12th and Harney just before 5:20 p.m. Police say workers were on the roof of the vacant building and that Anglen was rolling out paper used to set up for tarps when he slipped over the edge. He fell about 30 feet onto the lower roof of another building.
Police said the workers were not wearing harnesses, which is required by OSHA.
A crew with Ciaccio Roofing was busy Wednesday at the Jensen Tire in Council Bluffs. Every worker who has to get close to the side wears a safety harness.
“They latch in the front and then there are two leg straps,” said Ciaccio foreman Nick Stednitz. He and his crew understand the importance of wearing the safety gear. “For me, I want my crew to be here every day. I want to go home to see my kids and I know that they want to go home and see their kids. So for us, safety is very important."
Stednitz explained that OSHA requires a safety harness anytime a worker is more than six feet off the ground. Unless there is at least a four-foot wall around the edge of the roof, there also has to be a rope line warning workers when they are getting close to the edge.
Stednitz doesn't understand why anyone would not wear a safety harness. “These harnesses don't cost that much and two minutes to tie a harness and tie a rope off. It just baffles me that somebody wouldn't take the time to do that.”