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State Police release more details in construction death case

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State Police released additional information Tuesday about the death of a Fort Ann man who died after a construction accident earlier this month in Clinton County.

Joshua Fronhofer, 38, suffered a severe head injury when he fell from a ladder on a roof at a home on Hidden Pines Road in Schuyler Falls, west of Plattsburgh. State Police said he was injured on April 7 and taken to University of Vermont Medical Center, where he died on April 13.

Hospital staff notified State Police that day, and investigators looked into the circumstances, according to Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

State Police have deemed the incident a construction accident, and no charges were planned.

Fronhofer was an experienced roofer and was working for Apex Roofing Services, a company that is a subsidiary of Apex Solar of Queensbury. He was also the father of a young son.

Stan Dobert, owner of Apex Solar, said the death was a “tragedy” that occurred when Fronhofer slipped from a ladder. He was climbing a ladder that was on a porch roof to get to a roof where work was being done, and because he was in the process of climbing, hadn’t attached his safety harness as those on the roof had.

Dobert said the company has life insurance and a death benefit plan that will help Fronhofer’s son, and company employees were setting up a trust fund as well.

“It’s so sad,” he said. “I knew Josh and personally worked with him. We are doing everything we can to help his son.”

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