Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Assistant Chief David Keeley and Firefighter Robert Myers were awarded medals of valor for a high-angle rescue of a man trapped in a 100-foot water tower.
Norristown Municipal Council honored two Norristown firefighters on Tuesday night Assistant Chief David Keeley and Firefighter Robert Myers were each awarded a medal of valor for a high-angle, confined-space rescue of a worker trapped in a water tower in Audubon on Dec. 5. Keeley and another rescue worker, Joe Dishler, manned the rig while Myers rappelled down the inside of the 100-foot tower to free the worker caught in his own rigging 60 feet up. Both Keeley and Myers will be awarded the medal of valor at tonight's meeting. Related Stories
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Two Norristown firefighters involved in a Dec. 5 water tower rescue in Audubon are being honored by council tonight.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 E. Airy Street. Among the business on tonight's agenda will be approval of the now-expired contract with Laborers’ Local 135, a public hearing on conditional use for proposed billboards in town and a discussion of the Lafayette Street Extension. Council will also honor two Norristown firefighters – Assistant Chief David Keeley and Firefighter Robert Myers. Keeley and Myers were instrumental in the high-angle, confined-space rescue of a worker trapped in a water tower in Audubon on Dec. 5. Keeley and another rescue worker, Joe Dishler, manned the rig while Myers rappelled down the inside of the 100-foot tower to free the worker caught in his own …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Lower Providence officials stated the fall that lead to a maintenance worker's death in Audubon may have been due to equipment malfunction.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is continuing its investigation of a worker who fell to his death inside an empty Audubon water tower on Dec. 5. Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman reportedly ruled the workers’ death as an accident. The worker, identified as Jason Schmidt, 31, of York County, was an employee of Corrosion Control Corp. in Pedricktown, N.J. Schmidt and a co-worker were said to be on duty performing maintenance work in the 100-foot water tower when the incident occurred. Schmidt’s co-worker also fell into the tower, located on Featherbed Lane, but was suspended for nearly three hours before being rescued. Lower Providence officials believed the workers’ …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
A New Jersey man was injured and a Pennsylvania man killed when they fell inside of a 100-foot water tower they were working on in Audubon on Wednesday.
Lower Providence officials have identified the victims of Wednesday's water tower accident following notification of the victims' family. According to officials, 38-year-old Miguel Martinez, of Pennsgrove, N.J., was taken to Paoli Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the incident. Jason Schmidt, 31, of Jacobus, Pa., was pronounced dead at the scene. Both men, employees of Corrosion Control Corp. of Pedricktown, N.J., had been working inside the water tower located on Featherbed Lane in the Audubon section of Lower Providence Township. --- Related Story One Dead at Audubon Water Tower
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Second worker taken to Paoli Hospital after three-hour rescue.
A man was killed in Audubon on Wednesday morning when he fell to the bottom of a water tower where he was performing maintenance work. A second worker also fell in the accident but became suspended about 40 feet above the floor of the empty water tower, which is owned by Audubon Water Company. He sustained unspecified injuries and was trapped for almost three hours while rescuers descended along ropes to attach a harness to him and lower him to the floor. Authorities said the injured man was conscious throughout the ordeal, but rescuers had difficulty communicating with him because of sound conditions on the inside of the water tower. He was loaded into a waiting ambulance and transported to Paoli Hospital. Police did not immediately …