BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A Beaverton School District employee fell 20 feet to his death Wednesday afternoon while doing some painting to prepare for the soon-to-arrive students at Westview High School.
The man fell from a scissor lift in a school courtyard that “was approximately 20- 22 feet high and it fell completely over on its side,” Washington County Sgt. Danny DiPietro said.
The Beaverton School District identified him as Jerry Syverson, who worked in their maintenance department for 4 years.
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue said calls started coming in around 2:15 p.m. after the scissor lift tipped over and the man fell from about 20 feet.
Officials said he was initially conscious after the fall but suffered cardiac arrest and died at the scene before Life Flight arrived. His name has not yet been released.
No students were around when it happened but a few school staff members were.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
Authorities are in contact with district officials preparing to welcome kids back to school next week. District officials have not responded to KOIN 6 News for a request for comment.
“I’m sure he did come in contact with many students,” DiPietro said. “They could be impacted by this and we want to make sure they are taken care of and parents are talking to them to get everything they need.”
It’s the second fatal workplace accident in a week. Two arborists breaking down equipment at the Pickathon Music Festival were killed in Happy Valley after a boom-lift they were on tipped over.