Name of man who fell off DuraFiber roof released

Published 4:50 pm Friday, April 8, 2016

By Amanda Raymond

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man who died after falling off a roof at DuraFiber Technologies on Thursday.

Chris Richard Phillips, 50, of Salisbury, was an employee of the company at 7401 Statesville Blvd., according to Captain John Sifford.

Sifford said in an email that Phillips was up on the roof examining exhaust fans to make sure they were in good condition since spring had come.

Sifford said it looked like Phillips fell after “breaking through some type of skylight opening on the rooftop area.”

Phillips was found in the motor control room lying face down on the floor with the tools he was carrying close to his left hand.

According to a previous Post article, officials said the initial call was for a traumatic injury around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Frank Thomason, chief of emergency services, said fire, EMS, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and his office responded to the call.

“But when emergency personnel arrived, the individual was deceased,” Thomason said.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.