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Working father killed after fall in water tower

A water tower in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was the site of a recent incident. The tragic workplace accident resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man from Jacobus, Pennsylvania. According to reports, he and two other workers were inside of an empty water tower when the 31-year-old fell to his death. Another employee-a 38-year-old from New Jersey-was suspended by his safety harness for more than three hours during the ordeal. The third employee was not injured in the incident.

The water tower, located in Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania, was being worked on by Corrosion Control Corporation, a company from New Jersey. The 31-year-old had been with the company for 14 years and was following in the footsteps of his father.

The Montgomery County coroner said that the man's death was an accident and that he died after sustaining several injuries during the fall. He is survived by his wife and a 2-year-old son. In addition, the couple was sharing responsibility for five children they had during previous relationships. According to a family friend who has known the couple for years, the man was a good guy and very loving.

The 38-year-old man who was suspended by his safety harness was rescued in dramatic fashion, according to reports. A firefighter was lowered into the tank on a rope, rescued the man and then rappelled with him to the ground-a distance of about 60 feet. More than 50 people participated in the rescue.

This is not the first time that Corrosion Control Corp. has been involved in a workplace fatality. According to records, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company for its involvement in an accident in 2008 that occurred in Philadelphia. Officials said that they believe that the equipment being used by the workers in the water tower malfunctioned and this caused the incident to occur.

Source: York Dispatch, "Worker who fell to his death remembered as kind," Aubrey Whelan, Dec. 7, 2012

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