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Baltimore Police, state investigating death of construction worker who fell from roof of downtown Baltimore building

211 E. Pleasant St. is a six-story storage building at Pleasant and Guilford streets.
211 E. Pleasant St. is a six-story storage building at Pleasant and Guilford streets.

The Baltimore Police Department and state workplace investigators are probing the death of a construction worker who fell off a building’s roof in downtown Baltimore on Thursday morning.

The man fell from the roof of 211 E. Pleasant St., a six-story storage at Pleasant and Guilford streets, police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said.

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The victim’s age was not immediately available, and police are withholding his identity pending the notification of family, Silbert said. Police received a call about the incident at 6:55 a.m.

The man worked for Bel Air Foam & Roofing, Inc., in Bel Air, Silbert said. A receptionist referred questions to the company’s owner, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday.

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Theresa M. Blaner, a spokeswoman for Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, said the death is under investigation by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health.

CubeSmart, a Malvern, Pa., self-storage company, operates in the building. CubeSmart did not respond to telephone calls seeking comment, and a woman who operates the Pleasant Street location said she was not permitted to speak to the news media.

Online property records list the building’s owner as Tuck-It-Away Balt LLC, with a mailing address in Alexandria, Va. Efforts to reach a company representative Friday morning were not successful.

Tuck-It-Away Balt is not in good standing with the state Department of Assessments and Taxation. The entity was forfeited for failure to file a required annual personal property tax return in 2016, according to department spokeswoman Fallon Patton. That means its right to conduct business in Maryland has been relinquished and it has no right to use its name.

Across the state, at least four other people have died in workplace accidents since June.

On June 5, 20-year-old construction worker Kyle Hancock died when a trench collapsed around him while he was working in Baltimore’s Clifton Park neighborhood.

Fatal workplace injuries jumped 33 percent in Maryland in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics were available.

Michael David Zeller, 31, died June 8 after he fell down an elevator shaft at a building being remodeled for McCormick & Co.’s planned headquarters in Hunt Valley.

On June 9 in Annapolis, a worker was fatally injured when he was pinned by a branch from a tree he was trimming. And another man died June 13 after he was electrocuted while installing siding on a new house in Odenton.

The most recent government data reflect a rise in fatal workplace injuries in Maryland. In 2016, 92 people died of injuries while working in Maryland, a 33 percent jump from 2015, when 69 work-related fatalities were reported, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

Baltimore Sun reporter Lorraine Mirabella contributed to this article.

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