Worker in critical condition after fall from hospital roof

Construction continues at the new Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Patient Tower in Valencia on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Dan Watson/The Signal

A roof worker suffered serious injuries and was listed in critical condition after he fell one story from the roof of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Pavillion Thursday morning.

The incident happened about 10 a.m., as roof work was being done on the Pavillion building.

“An employee of a contractor fell one story off the roof of our Pavilion building (Thursday) morning while doing roofing work,” hospital spokesman Patrick Moody said Friday.

“The individual was taken to our Emergency Department, was admitted, and is currently in critical condition. It was a tragic accident and our hearts go out to the individual’s family and loved ones,” Moody said. 

“We will be working with all relevant authorities as they conduct an investigation,” he said. “We are unable to provide any more details at this time.”

The injured worker’s identity and the extent of his injuries were not disclosed.

Hospital officials unveiled the patient tower in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October.

The building is six stories tall with an underground story. 

The patient tower connects the hospital and the pavillion. It includes 90 private patient rooms with private bathrooms, a 29-bed Center for Women and Newborns, 22 antepartum/postpartum beds and more.

The pavilion contains two units called medical surgical beds, the hospital’s Acute Rehab unit, the Behavioral Health unit and some offices, Moody said.

“The worker was working on removing the roof from the pavilion building. We are replacing the roof on that building,” Moody said. 

“The Pavilion is mostly two stories but has some sections that are one story,” Moody said. “The worker was on a one-story section when he fell.”

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