A man was seriously injured when he fell while working on the roof of the Old Wilkes Jail behind the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported Robert Brodauf of Thurmond to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

When a Wilkes Communications Center dispatcher called by radio for the Wilkesboro Fire Department to respond to the accident scene, the dispatcher said the man fell about 22 feet while on a ladder. Wilkesboro police also responded.

Brodauf’s company, Heartland Builders, was hired by the Wilkes Heritage Museum to replace the split cedar shingles on the roof with new split cedar shingles, said Wilkes Heritage Museum Director Jennifer Furr.

Furr said Brodauf and another worker were finishing up for the day and the other worker was on the ground when the accident occurred.

She said she was told Brodauf landed on his head on the concrete sidewalk near the front entrance of the Old Wilkes Jail when he fell from the ladder. She also was told that he suffered a cracked skull and was in intensive care earlier this morning at Wake Forest Baptist.

Work on replacing the shingles started Saturday.

Last summer, Brodauf and Heartland Builders replaced the split cedar shingles with new split cedar shingles on the roof of the Capt. Robert Cleveland

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