Rivercrest employee dies from fall

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

An accident in the "bus barn" at Rivercrest Schools around 10:47 a.m. Wednesday morning took the life of long time maintenance employee, 75-year old Charles A. Hamm.

According to a Mississippi County Sheriff's Department report, Sergeant Brandon Bryan was dispatched Wednesday morning to 48 Cortez Kennedy in Wilson in reference to someone falling off a building. Before he arrived he was also told that the man may have been killed from the fall.

When he arrived Pafford EMS was already on the scene. Therefore Bryan spoke with another maintenance employee, George Wroten. The report said that Wroten was a witness and was also working on the roof at the time of the accident.

Wroten stated that he and Hamm were on the roof repairing a damaged skylight, that he did not see him fall, but that he did hear it. Wroten said that he was looking toward the south while standing on the south end of the roof with Hamm standing behind him [when it happened].

Bryan's report said, "When he turned around and looked through the skylight Mr. Hamm was laying on his back on the concrete floor."

He also added that he was unable to get down because someone had to hold the ladder. But that he then called 911. Wroten added, "after [Hamm] fell he did not move or make any noise."

Deputy Coroner Tresia Seaton soon arrived on the scene and pronounced Hamm dead. Bryan took pictures of the body and of the scene, the Blytheville Emergency Squad then transported the body to the Blytheville Hospital and later sent it to the state crime lab in Little Rock.

It is unknown at this time why neither school employees were wearing a harness nor whether or not the district's standard safety procedures were followed.