Contractor Dies After Falling Through Roof at Eastern Shipbuilding

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According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation is underway after an out-of-town contractor fell to his death early Wednesday morning at Eastern Shipbuilding.

It happened shortly before 7:30 a.m.

BCSO Patrol deputies responded to find an employee of Belfor, a construction company contracted to do roof repair, had fallen through a roof and died at the scene.

Investigators believe the contractor was carrying sheet metal on the roof when he stepped on a skylight, falling about 30 feet to his death.

The victim was from Orlando and brought to Bay County to fix a roof damaged by Hurricane Michael at Eastern Shipbuilding.

He has been identified as forty-three-year-old Darwin Soares, Jr.

“The management and employees of Eastern Shipbuilding Group extends sincere condolences to the family of the individual involved in the accident,” Eastern officials wrote in a statement to News 13. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.”

Eastern’s full statement on the incident is below: 

A worker employed by a national disaster response company that was repairing Hurricane Michael damage at Eastern Shipbuilding’s Allanton Facility died this morning after a tragic accident.

The individual died at the scene from injuries sustained from falling from the roof of the building being repaired.

Shortly after Hurricane Michael, Eastern contracted with the national disaster response company to repair several of the buildings at its Allanton Facility that were damaged in the storm. Further investigation of the accident is ongoing at this time. 

The management and employees of Eastern Shipbuilding Group extends sincere condolences to the family of the individual involved in the accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.   

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