Man on snow-removal crew dies after falling off hotel roof
February 29, 2008
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” A Centennial man who’d served two tours of duty in Iraq is dead after falling from the icy roof of a Steamboat Springs hotel.
Authorities say 24-year-old Eric O’Hara was in Steamboat to help his brother-in-law, who operates a business that’s contracted to clear snow from roofs.
O’Hara was at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and was standing on a piece of ice that broke loose about 4 p.m. Thursday. He had released a carabiner clip so he could move along a safety rope, and slid down the roof without being attached.
O’Hara grabbed the rope after sliding over the edge of the roof, but falling snow and ice knocked him loose.
He landed on his back on a lower roof and died at the scene.
O’Hara was a 2002 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School.