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Pa. delivery driver killed in freak fall

May 09, 1997

By LAURA ERNDE

and JENNYLYNN BROWN

Staff Writers

A Chambersburg, Pa., delivery driver died Friday morning in a fall at a loading dock at Rohr Inc., an ambulance official said.

William C. Frisby Sr., 68, of 15 Redwood St., was walking on a loading dock at 18238 Showalter Road north of Hagerstown, when he and an unidentified Rohr employee accidentally bumped into each other, said Community Rescue Service Technician Steve Schultz.

Frisby lost his balance, and when the other man reached out to catch him, both fell three or four feet, Schultz said.

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"It was just one of those very, very, freak accidents," Schultz said.

The ambulance crew got the call shortly after 8 a.m.

When Schultz arrived, Frisby was already in cardiac arrest. Paramedics worked on him at the scene and then took him to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, Schultz said.

X-rays showed that Frisby had a fractured skull and a broken neck, Schultz said.

The Rohr employee also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and emotional distress, he said.

Frisby was a delivery driver for Occupational Services Inc. in Chambersburg. He either was making a delivery or picking up something at Rohr, Schultz said.

"He had worked there one year," said Stephen Frisby, one of Frisby's five children. "He was working for something to do. It was keeping him busy in his retirement."

Stephen Frisby, 39, of Hagerstown, said his father lived next door to Occupational Services, which is at 17 Redwood St. He had friends there and decided to work there.

"He was a good father - always there for us when we needed him," Stephen Frisby said.

"He was an outdoors type of guy - he loved to hunt and loved being outdoors. He really enjoyed his grandchildren."

Philip Vacca, general manager at Rohr Inc., said authorities, including Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials, are conducting investigations into the accident.

"The company is terribly upset about the accident," Vacca said.

Rohr Inc. manufactures bond panels for aircraft. The company has 141 employees.

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