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Man Falls 12 Feet Off Ladder

Jul 8, 2003 | Milford Daily News

A 20-year-old Uxbridge man was taken by medical helicopter after he fell 12 feet from a ladder onto an asphalt driveway yesterday on Queen Street.

Police and fire officials did not release the name of the victim, but Fire Capt. James Klich said his injuries were non-life threatening. The unidentified male was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Klich said at 3:45 p.m., the man was on a ladder roughly 12 feet in the air, painting the second story of the house at 25 Queen St. The man lost his balance and fell 12 feet onto the asphalt driveway, landing flat on his face, Klich said.

"He leaned off the ladder and almost did a belly flop onto the driveway," Klich said.

Klich said the man's co-workers said the victim was unconscious for 2-3 minutes before rescue workers arrived. When emergency personnel pulled up, Klich said the man was conscious and alert with hardly any visible injuries.

Robert and Nancy Rappa live at 25 Queen St. Although she said she was home at the time of the accident, Rappa declined comment in a telephone interview last night.

Neither police or Rappa gave the name of the painting company.

Even though Klich said the man's injuries were not life-threatening, the emergency helicopter was called automatically because of protocol.

"Life flight is called for an incident involving any fall 10 feet or higher," Klich said.

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