Construction Accident,200 Man dies from injury in fall

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A contractor who fell from the roof of a hotel under construction in March has died.

Garrett Past, 45, the owner of Sound Construction, died of complications from injuries he suffered in a fall at a building site near the Douglas Bridge, said Rochelle Cordova, a family friend.

Past was not wearing a safety belt when he fell three stories from the roof to the ground on March 27. He suffered broken ribs, a broken leg, bruised lungs, internal bleeding and abdominal injuries.

Past had been in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for more than two months. He underwent several surgeries.

After the final surgery, a skin graft, infection set in and there was a loss of oxygen to his brain, Cordova said. After he was diagnosed as brain dead, Past was disconnected from life support on Friday and he died later that day.

''He went in and out of consciousness'' during his lengthy hospital stay, Cordova said. ''He never was able to talk. He was coherent. He would make motions with his hands and feet, but he couldn't really communicate.''

Services for Past are scheduled for Sunday.

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