Putnam County, OSHA investigate fatal construction accident


By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



PANDORA —A construction worker fell to his death in an accident Thursday morning in rural Putnam County.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s office, at 10:07 a.m. its office received a 911 call reporting a male fell from a barn roof and was seriously injured at 13917 Road 2, near Pandora.

Upon arrival, Elmer D. Christner, 21, of Geneva, Indiana, was found unconscious on the ground with severe injuries. Christner had been removing sheet metal roofing from a pole barn when a cross member supporting his weight broke, causing him to fall approximately 26 feet to the ground.

Christner’s injuries were fatal, and he was pronounced dead on the scene by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Anna Horstman.

OSHA was called to the scene to investigate the incident alongside the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

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By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

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