John E. Winesickle attempted to save James E. Ford from falling, Everett, Pennsylvania, July 20, 1983. Ford, 28, and Winesickle, 28, construction worker, were working on the edge of a sloped roof about 15 feet above ground. Ford received an electric shock when a power tool he was using short-circuited; he was immobilized and began to fall over the edge of the roof. From about three feet away, Winesickle lunged at him, grabbed his ankles, and pulled backward. Ford’s momentum could not be stopped, however, and Winesickle too fell over the edge. Ford landed on his back but was not badly injured. Winesickle landed on his right knee and suffered a broken rib, broken femur, and damaged kneecap, which required surgery. Because of his injuries, he was unable to resume his trade.
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