Worker Survives 80 Foot Fall from Virginia Water Tower

By Peter DePaolis

A 38-year-old worker fell approximately 80 feet while painting a water tower in Culpeper, Virginia, last month. Rescue workers airlifted the man to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. A second worker was hanging from a safety harness, but responders were able to rescue him and he was not injured. The work accident happened at a town-owned water tower around 9:45 a.m. The man who fell was conscious at the scene. He was talking to rescue personnel shortly after the fall.

The two workers were on a scaffold suspended by cables. At the time of the fall, the scaffold was near the top of the tower, approximately 80 feet above ground. The cable supporting the scaffolding connected to the top of the tower by a loop in the cable secured with a crimp connection. The crimp was not tight enough and became loose, resulting in the fall.

One witness said the containment tarp helped break the man’s fall. Representatives from the federal Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident.

If you suffer an injury on the job, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits that will pay for your medical treatment and expenses. This area of law may seem complex, but an experienced Northern Virginia workers comp lawyer can help you. Contact Peter DePaolis, a Virginia workers compensation attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.