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Man falls 30 feet in scaffolding accident in New London

By Sasha Goldstein

Publication: theday.com

Published September 24. 2012 4:00PM   Updated September 24. 2012 11:38PM
Tim Martin/The Day
Investigators examine a pile of collapsed scaffolding where a man fell at least 30 feet while working on a home located at 36 Hempstead St. in New London Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

New London — A man suffered serious injuries Monday afternoon and was flown to Yale-New Haven Hospital after falling more than 30 feet from scaffolding that covered the side of a house at 36 Hempstead St.

Police said the 46-year-old Taftville man was conscious and alert but seriously injured after the scaffolding apparently collapsed. He was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and then flown by Life Star helicopter to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Fire personnel said the man reported no feeling below his waist. Police had no update on the man's condition or identity Monday night.

A tarp covers part of the roof of the three-story, multi-family home, which records indicate is owned by Deborah A. Natiello.

Police detectives on Monday interviewed relatives of the man and residents of the home. Yellow police tape stretched from 36 to 32 Hempstead St., a home which also has a short length of scaffolding on its side. One witness, who declined to give her name, said the scaffolding at 36 Hempstead had been up for several months and that a man was working on the roof.

A city building official and the New London Fire Department also responded to the scene after the 2:15 p.m. fall, which briefly closed the lower part of Hempstead Street. The residence where the fall occurred is at the intersection of Home Street.

s.goldstein@theday.com

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