Deadly Water Tower
Accident In Marshall, MN
Witnesses say he clung to a safety harness and shouted down
to his coworkers on the ground, begging them not to die.
But, for one of the South Dakota men, it was too late.
Tonight, Minnesota investigators are trying to figure out
what caused the painters' scaffolding to come crashing to
the ground in Marshall.KELOLAND's News was at the scene
where local and state officials are investigating the
accident at the water tower.
Three South Dakota men, working for Maguire Iron out of
Sioux Falls, were involved in the accident. 29 year old
David Karst of Sisseton died in the fall.Two of his
co-workers, Joseph Kaderabek and Christopher Duerksen, both
of Bridgewater, were hurt. Neighbors say they'd been working
on the water tower for weeks.
From a distance you can see their progress. Up close, you
can see the crumpled paint cans, a dry brush, and a lone
glove. They're reminders that something went terribly wrong
at the 6th Street tower.
Tammy Coudron who lives across the street from the tower
said,"It was scary. It was very scary. The guy was screaming
and his neck was hurt."
The three-man crew was working it's way around the massive
structure. And around 1:45 Monday afternoon something
happened to the scaffolding.
Coudron said, "One was hanging there and the other two were
on the ground."
Neighbors watched as firefighters brought in a truck to get
him down.The harness still hangs hundreds of feet above the
ground, above it there's a bottle of Mountain Dew. On the
ground, state and local investigators are trying to figure
out what happened, studying the scaffolding, and the ropes
and cables that once held it up.
They spent a majority of their time examining the left side
of the equipment. A spokesman with OSHA wouldn't comment on
specifics, but says this is the beginning of an extensive
In addition to studying the equipment, officials are also
interviewing people who witnessed the fall. It could be a
month before we know exactly what caused the accident.
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