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Engineer Falls to Death during Aqueduct Bridge Inspection

An overview of the construction accident fall

An engineer fell 140 feet to his death while inspecting the Aqueduct Bridge on January 15. He fell from the top of the span and landed next to the Metro North train tracks below.

Paul Schisler, a 54 year-old employee of Schiavone Construction, was part of a crew preparing the bridge for major walkway renovations. The rehabilitation of the span, also known as the High Bridge, will lead to it reopening for pedestrians and bicyclists.

More details about the circumstances leading up to his fall are unreported.

In the New York Daily News, a construction worker said Schisler was “nice” and “smart.” He was also quoted as saying, “How do you tell a mother and kids their father isn’t coming home?” Too often families of construction workers are faced with such tragedies.


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