A commercial roofing service employee was injured when he fell from the roof of the Target store Wednesday afternoon, a Novato Fire Protection District captain said.
Workers said the man, an employee for Dri Commercial Roofing Services, was working on the roof of the store at 200 Vintage Way around 3 p.m. when he stepped backwards and fell about 12 feet to another roof below, Capt. Dmitri Menzel said.
The upper roof is 25-30 feet above ground, Menzel said.
"He's very lucky he didn't fall the full distance to the ground," Menzel said.
The man, in his late 30s to early 40s, was alert and conscious when the firefighters arrived, Menzel said. He complained of extreme back pain and was placed on a backboard, Menzel said.
Rescuers used an aerial ladder on a water truck to access the lower roof that is 15 feet above ground, Menzel said.
The injured man was placed in a stokes basket, lowered to an ambulance and taken to Novato Community Hospital, Menzel said. There were five or six workers on the roof when the incident happened, Menzel said.
A woman who identified herself as Debbie, the store operator, declined to give any information about the incident that she said was not related to Target.
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