Roofer killed in fall worked for Summerland firm SIS Roofing

‘He was very well liked — we quite loved him, actually,’ SIS Roofing co-owner Kevin Hill said

The roofer killed in a tragic accident over the weekend at Penticton’s Sendero Canyon worked for Summerland-based SIS Roofing, the company has confirmed.

“SIS Roofing is mourning the loss of one of our friends and workers. At this point, we’re still waiting to hear back from the investigation from WorkSafeBC and the RCMP,” SIS Roofing co-owner Kevin Hill said.

“Unfortunately at this time we don’t have anymore information than what has been given to us by the RCMP and WorkSafeBC.”

Ewen Stewart, an executive with the Sendero Canyon project, said Monday workers on the project are typically asked to call in before they work on weekends or evenings. But he said Sendero Canyon supervisors never got a call, and suggested it did not sound like the subcontractor for which the roofer worked got a call from the worker before he went in either.

“We can’t really confirm or deny anything right now. We’re just waiting for the investigation to be finished,” Hill said.

“He was very well liked — we quite loved him, actually, and he was very well liked at the Sendero job site, as well.”

Emergency crews responded to the Sendero Canyon project late Sunday evening after receiving reports of a body found.

A 56-year-old man’s body was identified as a roofer at the site, still yet to be publicly identified, and WorkSafeBC was called to the scene by Sendero Canyon supervisors.

Stewart said the safety mechanisms were all in place on the single-storey house the roofer was working on, but it did not appear he was strapped in.

Falling only one floor, Stewart said he believed the worker hit his head on a rock on landing.

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