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Emerson College Student Dies in Boston Roof Fall

Two days after 21-year-old Justin Amorratanasuchad fell four-stories to his death in a Boston fall accident from the top of a South End apartment building, the city is warning landlords to secure their buildings’ rooftops. The Emerson college student was working on a film project on the roof when he stepped backward, lost his balance, and fell. Police discovered his body at the back of the building at around 10:45 am on Sunday. Amorratanasuchad did not live in the building.

According to investigators, it looks as if someone had tampered with the lock to the roof entrance. Following the Roxbury fall accident, the property managers installed metal plates with dead bolts on the door and are planning more improvements.

The Inspectional Services Department is looking to see whether the building managers committed any violations. For example, if the lock had been broken for a while and no efforts were made to repair it, there could be the issue of unsafe maintenance. CSOH Properties LLC of Boston is the property owner.

Just yesterday, another man suffered serious injuries in a Massachusetts roof fall accident. This one occurred on Beacon Street in Brookline. The 22-year-old Babson College student was watching the Boston Marathon with friends when he fell four stories through the rooftop skylight, striking the stairway railings and other objects as he went down. He is expected to recover from his injuries and could be released as early as today.

The building where the Brookline fall accident happened doesn’t have a roof deck. Police are trying to determine whether anyone should have been allowed on the flat roof.

Boston Premises Liability
Landlords, property owners, business owners, store owners, and other owners of private and public properties must make sure there are no hazards on a premise that could cause or allow injuries or death to occur. Failure to fulfill this duty can result in Boston injury or wrongful death recovery for victims and/or their families.

An experienced Boston injury lawyer can talk to you about your legal options.

‘Genius’ Emerson College filmmaker mourned after fall, Boston Herald, April 19, 2011
City warns landlords to secure rooftops, Boston.com, April 19, 2011
Emerson Film Student Falls To His Death From Roof, WBUR.org, April 18, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Inspectional Services Department, Boston.gov
Proving Fault in Accidents on Dangerous or Defective Property, Nolo

More Blog Posts:
Boston, Massachusetts Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against MIT and Delta Upsilon Fraternity for Student’s Fatal Fall, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 28, 2010
Massachusetts Fall Accident: Burlington Deck Collapse Injures Six, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, September 17, 2010
Construction Worker Injured During Massachusetts Slip and Fall Accident Through Roof, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, July 16, 2010
Contact our Boston premises liability law firm today.