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Water Tank Worker Killed in Fall

Monday, June 29, 2015

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VERONA, VA--Authorities are investigating the death of an engineering technician who perished after what his employer called a "short" fall while appropriately harnessed.

Gregory L. Jamison, an employee of the Augusta County Service Authority, died June 21, one day after he "fell a short distance from a ladder located inside a water tower" under construction, the Authority said in a statement released Wednesday (June 24).

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Gregory Lee Jamison, 47, of Franklin, WV, died June 21 of injuries suffered the day before when he fell from a ladder inside a water tower.

"Based upon information currently known by the Augusta County Service Authority, Mr. Jamison was using appropriate climbing and fall protection safety equipment at the time of the incident."

Virginia's Occupational Safety and Health Program (VOSH) was investigating the accident, which occurred about 10 a.m. June 20.

The Water Authority called Jamison, 47, of Franklin, WV,  "a valued employee and friend" and expressed condolences to his family.

It said no further information would be released, pending completion of the investigation.

Report: 30-Foot Fall

The Water Authority statement said Jamison had fallen "a short distance."

Augusta County Water Authority

Jamison's employer, the Augusta County Water Authority, said he had fallen "a short distance" in the tank. The local fire chief said Jamison had fallen "about 30 feet."

The Staunton News-Leader reported, however, that Jamison "fell about 30 feet" from the tower.

That account quoted Augusta County Fire Battalion Commander Jeff Hurst as saying that Jamison had fallen from a ladder attached to the tower.

The distance of the fall is a key focus of the investigation, reports said.

About the Project

The project involves construction of an elevated water-storage tank, control valves and appurtenances.

The $1.78 million project contract was awarded July 1, 2014, to Landmark Structures I, LP, of Fort Worth, TX.

Jamison was married with two daughters and five grandchildren. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and formerly worked at the Virginia Department of Transportation.


Tagged categories: Engineers; Fall protection; Fatalities; Health & Safety; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Water Tanks

Comment from Tommy Manley, (6/29/2015, 5:15 AM)

My heart go's out to his family.

Comment from paul graham, (6/29/2015, 6:16 AM)

May God bless his family and Rest In Peace Greg from all of us north of the border

Comment from Warren Brand, (6/30/2015, 3:36 PM)


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