A JOINER from Wigan died after he plunged 50ft through a skylight as he fixed a leak.
Dad-of-one Jason Pennington, 42, was working at the West Cumberland Farmers agricultural supplies depot in Lindal-in-Furness, Cumbria.
He was taken to Furness General Hospital at about 3.30pm on Tuesday, but later died.
His father, Roy Pennington, 64, said he spoke to his son at 1pm that day, and he had been his usual chatty self.
He said when his phone rang later that day, he expected it to be him again, but it was his boss at Mawson’s Joiners and Builders with the terrible news his son had been seriously hurt.
Mr Pennington said he and wife Brenda, of Wigan Road, Wigan, were still trying to come to terms with the sudden loss.
Mr Pennington said: “It’s terrible. We are all totally devastated. He was our only child, and it’s hard to believe he is no longer here.”
He said after the phone call they travelled to Barrow to see him at the hospital, before driving back to Wigan.
Mr Pennington said his son had made Ulverston his home for the last three years, and loved living there after getting a job as a contractor for Mawson’s, which is based at Low Mill Business Park.
He had lived at digs around the town, but had been staying at Sefton House, in Queen Street, and regularly headed back to Standish, to see his daughter Tilly, five, and family.
Mr Pennington said: “I often used to visit him in Ulverston. You would walk down the road and everyone would be saying hello to him. He was really popular, and used to go out in the pubs around the town. He was a chatty lad, and everyone knew him.”
Mr Pennington said they would be holding a funeral service in Standish, where his son grew up, and he hoped all his friends from Ulverston would attend once they had a date.
The depot in Pennington Lane remained closed yesterday. A sign posted in the window read: “We will be closed on Wednesday October 26 due to unforeseen circumstances.”
Depot manager, Julie Richardson did not comment.
Rowland Saunders, of ME Saunders at Spark Bridge, owns the building. He was unaware of the details of the incident, but confirmed that workers had been fixing a leak in the roof.
Police said they were not treating the incident as suspicious and had notified the coroner.
The coroner, Mr Ian Smith, is organising a post-mortem examination. An inquest will follow. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.