Oct 12, 2009 4:47 PM by Associated Press

Worker dies in Philly after 125-foot fall

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.

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


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