Ironworker Injured After Fall Off From Amazon Building
Jesse Ely is now recovering in the ICU at Harbor View Medical Center after a net
caught him from a six-story fall Monday.
Family and fellow ironworkers from Local 86 are amazed and thankful he’s alive.
KIRO 7 learned on Wednesday the construction net that caught him was meant
for a maximum 300 pounds of debris, not a human. The building being
constructed is a new tower for Amazon at 8th and Lenora in Seattle.
An ironworker with more than 10 years of experience on the job, was
saved from death by a net at the construction site meant to catch
“They were following every safety precaution,” Local 86 business manager
Chris McClain told KIRO 7. “And this is basically a strange moment where
Jesse fell basically under the guardrail.”
Ely dislocated an arm and a leg and severed arteries in both. Surgery
successfully repaired both arteries. He also faces knee surgery and
has a broken jaw.
Jesse is a local ironworker who has a beautiful family of two kids and
a wife. He is a hard working guy who had a freak accident today in
Seattle and fell 8 stories and shattered many bones. Ely lives in
Lake Stevens and is a member of the Ironworkers Local 86
based in Tukwila. He is an amazing guy who didn’t deserve
this to happen to him.
Freak accidents happen but he didn’t deserve this.
Ely’s wife, Katy Ely, posted this video of Ely on Facebook Wednesday.
Family and Local 86 members are focused on the Ely family. Day had
a message for his fellow ironworker.
“Just stay strong. It’s tough, but you’ll battle through it,” Day said. “
He survived that fall, so that says a lot right there.”
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