One killed, another hurt falling through roof in Dekalb County

DEKALB CO. Ind. (ADAMS) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a man was killed when he and another worker fell through the roof of a building on Thursday.

The second man is now in the hospital in stable condition.

Police say the metal roof gave way on the building that was being prepared for demolition following a fire. Both of the men were working for a contracted company on the 24-foot tall commercial building.

24-year-old Kevin L. Rogers of Laurel Hill, Florida was removing roofing when he fell through. Rodgers was wearing a safety harness but didn’t have his harness secured, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

24-year-old, William J. Rogers, also from Laurel Hill, Florida, fell through in the same area. Police say he also was wearing a safety that wasn’t properly secured.

Kevin Rodgers was pronounced dead at the scene. William Rodgers was taken to the hospital for rib fractures.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office released the following:

Around 1124hrs on 08/04/2022, DeKalb County units and other first responders responded to the 2300 block of CR 27, Waterloo, IN on the report of a male who fell through the roof of the commercial business.

It was determined after speaking with witnesses, a 24-year-old male, Kevin L. Rogers, of Laurel Hill, Florida was working with a contracted company on the roof of a previously burnt 24’ tall structure with other crew members. While removing the metal roofing preparing the structure for demolition, Kevin fell through the structure of the roof.

Kevin at the time was wearing a safety harness, however, did not have his harness secured to any safety equipment to prevent him from falling. A second worker identified as 24-year-old, William J. Rogers of Laurel Hill, Florida, was also working in the same area at the time and fell through the same location as he also did not have his safety harness secured to anything.

Kevin Rogers was pronounced deceased at the scene despite lifesaving efforts. William Rogers was transported to PRMC for further treatment to his injuries. He was last listed in stable condition with rib fractures.