Fell off a ladder at 40 feet

12 11 2007

 A worker remained hospitalized Monday night after he fell 40 feet off a ladder that had been propped atop a scaffold, a fire official said.The accident occurred about 1 p.m. Sunday. Two workers working on a scaffold were repairing an exterior wall of Van Houten Plumbing, at 810 Main Ave.

But the wooden scaffold only stood 16 feet from the ground and the workers, whose identities were not released, apparently needed to be higher.

So they set up a 24-foot-tall ladder. One climbed it. The other held it in place. Then the scaffold broke. “Both gentlemen went flying,” fire Chief Patrick Trentacost said.

The two men were taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, Trentacost said.

The man on top of the ladder suffered serious neck and head injuries and was listed in critical condition Monday night, Trentacost said.

The other worker’s injuries were unknown. NorthJersey.com

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