A roofing worker fell to his death after being struck by lightning while working on a home in Florida, resulting in the nation's fourth lightning-related death this year.
According to a Facebook post from the Volusia Sheriff’s Office, a man identified as Edvin J. Velasquez Cinto was working on a roof in Deltona, Fla., when lightning struck him.
“Witnesses reported their coworker was standing on the roof of a house working on the framing when a lightning bolt struck him and caused him to fall to the concrete below,” the sheriff’s office said in the Facebook post.
Cinto, 24, was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced deceased around 2:39 p.m. The sheriff’s office said the injuries Cinto endured are consistent with a lightning strike. The official cause of death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner.
Cinto’s death is the fourth lightning fatality in the U.S., according to the National Lightning Safety Council, and the second this year to occur in Florida.
The National Weather Service states that “no place outside is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area” from lightning. This is especially true when it comes to roofing. The National Lightning Safety Council lists roofing as one of its “Deadly Dozen” activities that contributed most to U.S. lightning fatalities between 2006 and 2022. A total of 18 lightning fatalities occurred during that time period related to roofing.