Pittsfield, MA Workman Killed in Fall from Scaffold, Nov 1956


Steve Rusnack, 45, Dies In Pittsfield; Companion In Hospital

A fall from a third floor scaffold at the General Electric company plant in Pittsfield, Mass., instantly killed one Bridgeport man and seriously injured another at 2:10 p.m. yesterday.

Dead is Steve Rusnack, 45, of 190 Oakwood avenue.

Reported in "critical" condition in Pittsfield General hospital this morning is Albert Marconis, 36, of the Logan hotel, 1545 Stratford avenue, who received a fracture of the skull, internal injuries and a compound fracture of the right arm.

The men, employes[sic] of the Structural Restoration company, 164 Alex street, had been engaged in exterior caulking work at the G-E plant.

Authorities there theorized that they lost their balance and fell 45 feet to a driveway when a portion of the scaffold on which they were working gave way. Mr. Rusnack reportedly fell first.

Services for Mr. Rusnack will take place next week in his home town of Lansford, Pa., according to his sister, Mrs. Vincent Koller, with whom he resided. She said he had lived in this area about five years.

Mrs. Richard P. Gentile, secretary of the Structural Restoration company, said Mr. Rusnack had been employed by the company on a seasonal basis several years. Mr. Marconis, a native of Newark, N. J. started work with the firm in June, she said. He has no relatives in this area.

In addition to Mrs. Koller, Mr. Rusnack is survived by his mother, Mrs. Tekla Rusnack, of Bridgeport; two other sisters, Mrs. Agnes Gyenes, of New York city, and Mrs. Mary Brinkos, of Lansford, and a brother, Paul Rusnack, also of Lansford.

The Bridgeport Post, Bridgeport, CT 17 Nov 1956