EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 18, 2013

Roofer hurt in accident still in critical condition

By Jill Harmacinski
jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

---- — LAWRENCE — The condition of a roofer injured in a head-first fall off a ladder Saturday remained in critical condition last night.

Rigoberto Mendez, 18, of Lynn, remained in critical condition at Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital in Boston, according to a spokesman.

Mendez suffered life threatening injuries when he fell off the ladder at 7 Monmouth St. at 1 p.m.

According to a police report, Mendez was carrying materials up a ladder, missed the step between the second and third floors and fell to the ground, landing directly on his head.

He was initially treated by Patriot Ambulance paramedics and immediately taken by helicopter to Beth Israel.

Mendez is a day laborer and had the least experience of the four co-workers he was with, officials said.