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Water Tower Painter Survives 110-Foot Fall

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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Authorities are investigating the 110-foot fall of a Virginia painter from an East Texas water tower.

Brandon Milley, 21, of Hampton, VA, was working on the underneath portion of the top of the North Kaufman (TX) Water supply water tower on County Road 139, when he fell approximately 110 feet to the ground, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department said.

A fellow worker who was moving some air lines turned to see Milley—in a list basket and wearing a safety rig—falling from the tower at 9:21 a.m. Sunday. he landed on pasture ground, in a field. Milley suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital of Dallas, where he was initially listed in critical condition, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

The next day, however, his condition was upgraded to fair. No more recent information was available about his condition or his injuries.

Milley was employed by Worldwide Industries Corp., of Butler, PA, to do maintenance on the water tower. Worldwide Industries, founded in 1966, is an industrial and municipal tank painting contractor.

The company could not be reached for comment and posted no information about the accident on its website.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Contractors; Health and safety; Protective coatings; Tank exteriors; Tanks and vessels; Water Tanks

Comment from Thomas R. Shaffer,Jr, (2/17/2011, 9:37 PM)

It looks to me like everyone in the tank painting business is having problems with workers getting hurt or killed. Business owners, you need someone who can "RUN A SAFE PROJECT." Training, training, training! You cannot replace a life.


Comment from James Duncan, (2/22/2011, 10:43 PM)

I fully believe that people in the industry of tank painting need a wake-up call!!!!!!! Safety training is the key!! JSA, weekly audits, inspection of equipment... The foreman is as much to blame as the contractor if there was no safety program in place.


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