Friday, January 12, 2007


LifeCare Ambulance Paramedics responded just after midnight to Republic Engineered Products (REP), formally known as USS Kobe Steel, after a worker slipped and fell off of a ledge. It was first thought that the man had fallen 50 feet off of a crane but it was later learned that he had fallen more than 100 feet off of a ledge while cleaning an area near a crane.

The victim, 35-year-old Jose Diaz, was an employee for Superior Environmental Solutions out of Cincinnati, the firm hired to clean REP. Police reports say that Diaz after climbing a ladder went to step onto a small ledge end either slipped or tripped on a steel rail. Diaz attempted to grab a rope near by but it was just out of his reach.

LifeCare Paramedics on scene began treating Diaz but the head injuries were too severe. Paramedics did praise the efforts of the First Responders at REP and the job they did before their arrival.


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