From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
[December 11, 2013 Jarrettsville, MD] — A Cecil County man was killed in a building collapse earlier today after the roof of the 1 ½ story building on which he was working shifted both collapsing and killing him.
At approximately 3:00pm, Daniel Paul Dixon, 32, of Port Deposit, Maryland was performing roofing work on a structure in the 3400 block of North Furnace Road in Jarrettsville. Mr. Dixon was working in the hayloft when for unknown reasons, the roof shifted and collapsed on to the floor of the loft trapping Mr. Dixon between the roof and the floor. Co-workers called 911 and then, using a skid loader, attempted to lift the roof clear of the victim but were unsuccessful in their efforts.
Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from Jarrettsville, Fallston, and Aberdeen volunteer fire companies along with members of Harford County’s Technical Rescue Team responded to the scene. Mr. Dixon was found to have suffered injuries non-compatible with life and was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MOSHA) responded to the scene. After their assessment of the scene was complete firefighters then worked to extricate Mr. Dixon from the rubble. His body was removed at approximately 5:40 p.m.
Mr. Dixon’s body has since been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed. The investigation, which was initially handled by Sheriff’s deputies and detectives, will be turned over to and assumed by. MOSHA.