The worker who
suffered a fatal fall off a ladder on Monday at the Eagle Crossing Apartment
worksite died of a skull fracture.
After deadline on
Thursday, Porter County Coroner Cyndi Dykes told the Chesterton Tribune
that Mattias Francisco Miguel-Baltazar, 35, sustained a “complex skull
fracture due to blunt force trauma of the head resulting from an elevated
Guatemalan national with a listed address in Indianapolis, was employed by a
subcontractor at the Eagle Crossing Apartments worksite, Alexis Construction
Chesterton Police, the accident occurred at 10:12 a.m. as Miguel-Baltazar
was standing at the top of an eight-foot A-ladder, handing sheets of plywood
to two co-workers on the second floor of the 2113 apartment building on
Kelle Drive. One of the co-workers, after taking a sheet of plywood from
Miguel-Baltazar, observed him “to sway,” then fall. Miguel-Baltazar landed
on a concrete slab foundation and was unresponsive when first-responders
arrived. He died shortly after at Porter Regional Hospital.
Dykes said that the
results of a routine toxicology screen are pending and that the accident
remains under investigation.