Fire officials in Westwood, Massachusetts, say a 17-year-old male worker has fallen through a skylight.
The incident happened at Frugal Fannie's on Wilson Way. The teen was clearing the roof as an employee with Elite Landscaping from Windham, New Hampshire.
Workers say that a clothes rack broke his fall and that he was conscious when transported, but was cut and dazed. He was MedFlighted to Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston. The teen's father confirmed to necn that he went through surgery and that the clothes rack saved his life.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it is illegal for a 17-year-old to be working on a roof.
OSHA says they have responded to seven serious or fatal incidents involving snow removal in the past two weeks. Click here to search for safe companies through OSHA website.
Frugal Fannie's later released a statement in response to the incident:
"Today's unfortunate accident at Frugal Fannie's was a result of our ongoing efforts to keep our roof clear of snow during this dangerous pattern of winter storms. We hired a local roof snow removal contractor to do the job, which is now in its third day. The young man who fell through the skylight is a student on winter break. He is not an employee of our company. Our store was closed today because it is Tuesday, and we are closed every Tuesday to restock. However, we had workers in the store taking inventory at the time of the fall. No one else was hurt. We have been in touch with the young man's mother, and our thoughts are with him, his family and his fellow crew members."
The Attorney General's Office is reviewing the case.