Worker Dies in Philly After 125-Foot Fall

By: Maryclaire Dale AP Email
By: Maryclaire Dale AP Email

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities say a construction worker has died after falling 125 feet when a tall construction lift toppled over and struck a downtown Philadelphia apartment building.

Investigators want to know if the 40-year-old victim was properly strapped into the bucket of the boom lift as he worked on a church roof. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says he may have free-fallen to the ground.

Ayers says the vehicle tipped over when it was over a grate on the sidewalk. Witnesses say the grate gave way.

The victim's name is not yet being released. A co-worker says the man is a married father from New Jersey and worked for the masonry company for more than 20 years.

Ayers says three other people are being treated for minor injuries from falling debris that struck their vehicles.

A Philadelphia Fire Department supervisor says the accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m.

The equipment, which looks much like a mobile crane, has a long boom with a platform at the end.

Witnesses say the worker was completing maintenance work to the
roof of a church when the equipment rode over a street grate that slowly gave way.

It fell to its side, knocking down a traffic light and light pole. A car parked on the street was hit by debris, breaking the windshield.

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