A utility worker clearing foliage from overheard wires fell 30 feet from a tree Wednesday morning at a Mahwah townhouse complex.
The 23-year-old Pennsylania subcontractor for Orange and Rockland utilities was working behind Indian Hollow off Hilltop Road when he fell backward around 8:30 a.m., Police Chief James N. Batelli said.
“The worker was conscious but complained of back pain and other injuries,” Batelli said.
“He was using a rope harness but had been experiencing some difficulties with the rope and a knot shortly before the fall,” the chief said.
The worker was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, Batelli said.
Police, EMS and The Valley Hospital paramedics responded -- along with the Mahwah Fire Department Rescue Squad, which assisted in getting the victim out of the woods.
OSHA was notified, the chief said.
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