Ohio Edison worker falls 30 feet

Ohio Edison worker in fair condition after fall

Robert Sanders was part of a crew replacing a telephone pole in the 1300 block of Providence Street in Springfield Tuesday afternoon when he fell from a bucket truck, according to reports. He was ejected from the bucket when the arm on the boom separated from the truck and flew out away from the machine, according to a police report.

Springfield residents Willard and Ona Mounts were watching the employee work through their window when the event took place.

"It scared me," Ona Mounts said. "I left quick and then I went back to see and I saw they were all gathered around him."

She said it sounded like a large "thump" when the man hit the ground.

"It really shook me up for a few minutes. I don't want to see nothing like that no more," she said.

Her husband Willard went outside to see if he could help.

"I went over there and he was still talking to the guys," he said.

He told his wife, who said she was happy to know he was still conscious.

Ohio Edison spokesman Tim Suter said Tuesday that equipment failures are "not common at all."

The company will interview all the employees who were at the site and have engineers examine the equipment, he said.

Employees are more concerned about hazards in the field and traffic issues than they are about equipment failures, Suter said.

Police say they do not suspect any foul play.

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