- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) - A custodian fell 15 feet through a skylight covered by snow while working on the roof of a school in western Michigan.

The unnamed maintenance worker was taken to a hospital after the fall Tuesday morning in Allendale. Ottawa Area Intermediate School District spokeswoman Michelle Ready says he was conscious and talking afterward.

Ready tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1cr9oq5 ) the custodian had been on the roof to examine a heating unit that wasn’t working properly. He didn’t see the skylight because of heavy snow cover.

Ready says the 56-year-old man landed on a covered cement walkway outside. School nurses brought blankets to keep the man covered while an ambulance was on the way.

The man was working at Ottawa Area Center, a school for students with special learning challenges.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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