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Worker Falls Four Stories When Cable Snaps

Apr 22, 2004 |

A worker fell four stories when a cable from scaffolding snapped. Three men were working on a building off A-1-A in Cocoa Beach when the scaffolding gave way.

The scaffolding was bent by the impact and all three were taken to the hospital, one with some pretty serious injuries.

Joe Henderson, 32, fell all four stories. When he landed, he could barely move, but he was talking to paramedics as they took care of him, loading him up on a backboard so he could be airlifted to the hospital.

The men were installing hurricane accordion shutters on the outside of the condos. They say they were having problems with the device earlier in the day. It was starting and stopping. Then, the rusted cable broke.

Two of the men had their safety harnesses on and they were left dangling, holding onto anything. But, Joe had just taken his off, as he was climbing on to the balcony, when it snapped. He fell more than 40 feet.

"He's a really good buddy. It's pretty sad to see that happen to a guy like that. He's a hard worker and everything," says accident victim James Dixson.

The workers say they have complained about the scaffolding before, but got on it anyway so they could do their job. The two other workers were pretty banged up, with one dislocating his shoulder.

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