Worker escapes serious injury after truck tips over at wastewater treatment plant

The wastewater treatment plant area where the truck tipped over. (Photo courtesy South County Fire)

A contract worker at the City of Edmonds wastewater treatment plant escaped serious injury when the scissor-lift truck he was operating tipped and fell Tuesday morning.

South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said that crews were called to the treatment plant, located at 200 2nd Ave. S., just before 10 a.m. Tuesday

The worker was operating the Genie high-lift scissor truck and was 30 feet in the air when the truck tipped, falling to a concrete floor below, Hynes said. Firefighters were able to use a set of stairs to access the area where the patient fell, but couldn’t bring him back up the stairs because the area was blocked by scaffolding. Instead, crews were able to set up a basket-and-rope system to rescue the worker, Hynes added.

The man, who appeared to have non-life-threatening injuries, was hoisted up from the floor and transported to Harborview Medical Center for further evaluation, Hynes said.


  1. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the explicit description of the scissor lift involved. Full disclosure, I’ve been involved in the use of these lifts and worked at the local plants that build these high quality pieces of equipment. Do we mention the make and model of every vehicle involved in a traffic accident? I appreciate the depth of reporting but hope readers don’t jump to any conclusions. I don’t see that there any determinations as to causes. Given the tremendous counter-balancing of these machines, they are extremely difficult to tip. Hopefully, we will get a follow up.

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