O’HARA TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Emergency crews rescued a man who fell while doing work inside a water tower Monday morning.

According to emergency dispatchers, the incident happened in the 900 block of Field Club Road in O’Hara Township.

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A private contractor was painting the inside of the tank when a scaffolding snapped and he fell 25-50 feet into the empty tower.

(Photo Credit: Lynne Hayes-Freeland/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: Lynne Hayes-Freeland/KDKA)

Crews rushed to reach the 32-year-old man from Texas and paramedics treated him inside the tower.

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“He was conscious and alert. We got medics up there and they were administering IVs to him,” said Aspinwall Fire Chief Gene Marsico.

“This was the first time that we’ve had to deal with an issue like this and a lot of it was training and a lot of knowing what assistance was available,” said O’Hara Township Fire Chief George McBirar.

After he was rescued from the tower by being lowered down a chute, he was be transported to a local hospital with injuries to the back, arm and head.

There was no water inside at this time of the incident. OSHA is investigating.

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Lynne Hayes-Freeland