Fatal workplace fall

OSHA investigates the third Butler County workplace death this month

The incident occurred when a worker fell from a tower of a building that is being demolished at Hanson Pipe and Precast at 2930 East Crescentville Road, according to Barb Wilson, township spokeswoman.

Emergency units were dispatched to the site at around 9:45 a.m. A West Chester Fire Department ambulance was called to the scene but drove away. Instead the Butler County Coroner’s Office responded.

INITIAL REPORT: Man dies after fall from West Chester tower

Other agencies responding to the scene were the West Chester Police Department and Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Scant details into an investigation by the The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were available Tuesday afternoon. Ken Montgomery, area director for OSHA, told this news outlet his office had sent a compliance officer to the site to interview officials.

Montgomery said he had not yet been briefed on those interviews and did not have any information to release other than a fatality occurred to an employee of a private company.

Initial reports indicated the worker fell 80 feet but Montgomery and OSHA officials could not confirm how far the person fell.

MORE: OSHA investigates after construction worker killed in Butler County

This is third work-related death this month in Butler County.

On July 12, 60-year-old Ramon P. Rangel-Luna, of Cincinnati, was working as a rigger for a roofing project in the 300 block of Gates Road in Reily Twp. when he was electrocuted.

Rangel-Luna, who was working for Cincinnati-based Avendano Carpentry, had both hands on the load line and was electrocuted when the load line from the crane came in contact with an overhead power line, according to OSHA, which opened an investigation into the fatality.

MORE: Identity of man fatally electrocuted at Hamilton home released

On July 14, 67-year-old David E. Robertson, of Hamilton, was doing chimney work on a house in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue when he made contact with a power line, according to Hamilton police.

Robertson was found unresponsive and could not be revived by the Hamilton Fire Department.

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