Albuquerque man dies after falling off roof of building under construction in Farmington

An Albuquerque man is dead after a 20-foot fall at a Farmington construction site on Tuesday afternoon.

The Farmington Police Department reports Jose Corona, 32, landed on his head after falling through a hole in the roof of an under-construction Tractor Supply Co. at 141 South Browning Parkway.

He reportedly fell around 4:50 p.m. and died less than two hours later at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Corona was reportedly working for Albuquerque-based High Desert Roofing and laying insulation at the job site when the accident occurred. A company from Marble Falls, Texas, Bingham Construction, reportedly built the structure but High Desert was hired to finish the building’s roof.

The fall is expected to remain under investigation for several weeks.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of 4,206 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2010, 774 or 18.7% were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (56 percent) construction worker deaths in 2010.


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Tim has a strong electrical background and has been in the construction industry for over 10 years. He is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. He now owns and runs Prism Home Inspection Services in the Greater Las Cruces, New Mexico area. He is a certified home inspector through InterNACHI and is extremely knowledgeable in the construction process