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Police rule death of construction worker who fell off building in downtown Baltimore an accident

The Baltimore Police Department has declared the death of a construction worker who fell off a building’s roof in downtown Baltimore Thursday an accident.

Cesar Ismael Villalobos Lima, 19, fell from the roof of 211 E. Pleasant St., a six-story storage at Pleasant and Guilford streets, police spokesman Detective Chakia Fennoy said.

Police received a call about the incident at 6:55 a.m. Lima had tried to stop a large cart from rolling off the roof with his foot, according to the police report. The cart ended up pushing him off the roof.

Lima worked for Bel Air Foam & Roofing and had been working in a building operated by CubeSmart, a Malvern, Pa., self-storage company.

“We’re all devastated and still in shock,” said Bob McFadden Jr., president of the Bel Air construction company that employed Lima. McFadden declined to comment further.

The Sun could not reach members of Lima’s family for comment. CubeSmart did not respond to telephone calls seeking comment.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health is still investigating the incident, according to spokesperson Theresa Blaner.

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