67-year-old worker survives 25-foot dive into pit and the piece of metal that fell on top of him

Updated Mar 5, 2015
Rescue workers lift the worker from the pit using a crane. Credit: Gladstone Fire DepartmentRescue workers lift the worker from the pit using a crane. Credit: Gladstone Fire Department

Anyone able to keep up with the rigors of construction work while closing in on 70 must be doing something right. And anyone able to do that and survive a two-story fall into a pit must really be doing something right.

According to a report from The Oregonian, a 67-year-old construction worker working on an upgrade to a water system near Portland was climbing a ladder when he fell off and into an open concrete pit.

He fell 25 feet before a 50-pound piece of metal fell on top of him. The man was working for Seattle-based Frank Coluccio Construction.

The paper reports the Gladstone Fire Department, assisted by the Clackamas Fire District, “secured the man onto a stretcher and used a crane at the site to lift him out” of the pit.