February 16, 2012
A 33-year-old construction worker was injured Tuesday after a motorized lift he was in, known as a cherry picker, toppled over. According to reports from NBC-Philadelphia, the accident happened on the corner at 18th and Race Streets, just outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, at around 2:00 in the afternoon.
The archdiocese of the cathedral told reporters that the worker was in the lift doing minor repair work on the cathedral’s rectory when the heavy piece of equipment toppled over. The collapsed machine stretched across two lanes of traffic and into a grassy knoll.
The worker fell approximately 50 feet and suffered a broken femur bone. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where he remained in stable condition for several days before being released.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an investigation into the incident and say that high winds and uneven pavement are possible factors that contributed to the accident. The agency says that falls are a leading cause of death for construction workers, estimating that approximately 442 workers have died in a single year.
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