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Employee Injured After fall into Water Tower Tank

We deal with so many clients who have been injured while working on construction sites. Injuries that occurred in accidents that, in many times, were completely preventable. 


A Pennsylvania painter injured when he fell into the 500,000-gallon tank of a municipal water tower has been rescued by crews and will be taken to a hospital.

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials were investigating the accident Monday in O'Hara Township, Allegheny County.

Township police Superintendent James Farringer said the tank had been drained for painting. The worker was hurt when scaffolding collapsed about 12:30 p.m. inside the tank atop the tower, about 200 feet high.

The name of the worker and the contractor he works for haven't been released, but they were hired by the Fox Chapel Water Authority.

Donald Kendrick, an operations supervisor with the authority, said the man was complaining of a possible broken arm and a back injury.

Slips and falls are the #1 cause of workplace injuries, and in many instances, these falls can be prevented through proper safety measures. For whatever reason though, the employer fails to ensure their employees' safety by putting up proper safety precautions.

If you've been injured in a fall at the workplace, contact Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485. We will go over your claim with you and help determine the proper course to ensure you get your rightful compensation.

Falls can not only result in short-term injuries, but many of those injuries lead to debilitating health effects later in life. A fall can cause a back injury which can linger for years...which may result in the injured employee from never fully being able to do his job properly.

All of these factors must be taken into consideration to ensure you get your rightful compensation. We at Loney & Schueller are ready to help you...and ready to fight for your rights.

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