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Coast Guard suspends search for worker who fell from bridge

Posted April 28, 2010

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— The U.S. Coast Guard late Tuesday suspended its search for worker who fell off the Manns Harbor Bridge into Croatan Sound earlier in the day, officials said.

Sydney Valesco was doing maintenance work on the bridge for VHP Enterprises Inc., of Tarpon Springs, Fla., which was hired by the state Department of Transportation for the project. The bridge carries U.S. Highway 64 Business across the sound to Manteo and Roanoke Island.

Valesco fell about 15 to 20 feet from the middle of the bridge into the water at about 8 a.m. He wasn't wearing any safety gear, so another worker jumped in to assist him but was unable to do so, officials said.

Emergency personnel pulled the second worker from the water, and he suffered no injuries, officials said.

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  • AtALost Apr 28, 2010

    No safety gear while working on a bridge sounds like an OSHA violation. Employees have to use common sense and if your employer won't protect you, protect yourself.