The worker had entered the chimney from the top while other crew were working from an access point at the base. Firefighters on scene had a technically difficult rescue mission as the only way to access the worker who fell was through the lower access point and after cutting through a stainless steel liner.
The man, whose name has not been released, was in cardiac arrest when the fireman reached him; he died at Yale New Haven-Hospital. An OSHA investigation is still in progress.
Along with employers who have crew entering confined spacers (“entry employers”), the new requirement impacts the "controlling contractor" at a construction site (usually the general contractor) and the entity that owns or operates the property (known as the "host employer").