New Jersey Roofers Pull Co-Worker From Vat Of Acid

It's hard to know how far any of us would go to save a colleague's life, but it appears that four New Jersey roofers were willing to risk theirs after a co-worker fell through a factory roof and plunged into a vat of acid 40 feet below.

The workers rescued Martin Davis (pictured at left), a 44-year-old iron worker who was working on the roof of Swepco Tube, a manufacturing plant in northern New Jersey, when he tumbled into the vat Monday morning, The Record of Bergen County reports.

There is some confusion as to whether one of the roofers, Rob Nuckols, 51, was the first to attempt to pull Davis from the vat of nitric acid or whether he "dived" in to save him. Nuckols' wife told The Associated Press that her husband was among the four or five workers who pulled Davis out of the solution.

A fire official initially said Monday that Nuckols suffered burns when he jumped into the container to help rescue Davis. But Nuckols' wife says he never jumped in.

At last report, Davis was in critical condition at a local hospital, with a broken rib, punctured lungs and burns on his legs and side, the newspaper quotes his brother, John Davis, as saying.

After being pulled from the vat at the metal-tube plant, rescue workers cut the clothes from the stricken worker and sprayed him with water to limit burns. He was then airlifted to a local hospital. Davis, a father of three, reportedly was fully submerged in the acid solution, used to clean metal tubing.

"They have him on a breathing apparatus and he's in critical condition," Davis told the Record. "His condition is not so good. But he's a young guy. He'll pull through."

Reportedly, the injured Davis hardly knew the men who saved his life. But his brother said that a code of ethics among construction workers can be credited for the men rushing into action.

"In our trade we stick together," John Davis told the Record. "You'll die out there. You've got your family to feed and you have to protect each other."

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Wow, the stuff of nightmares! I hope he recovers.

August 30 2013 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now that's courage!

May 09 2012 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow man....God Bless and what a set of balls the rescue workers had!!! My hats off to all of them. They jumped into a vat of nitric acid , i still cant believe it. Awesome story and i hope everything works out for them all

May 09 2012 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, they're amazing friends. Hope he makes it.

May 09 2012 at 6:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Megan Deluth

Enter Batman Ref here...... in all seriousness,, God Bless him and his family...

May 09 2012 at 5:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

a little of my faith in humanity has been restored,,,,, only a little though. Good job guys!

May 09 2012 at 5:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

May God give you the strength to pull though this terrifying freak accident..There are many praying endlessly for your recovery..Hope you feel the love and encouragement from your family and friends..May your guardian angel protect you and see you through this awful ordeal..Recognition and glory to those courageous heroes that stepped up and saved you

May 09 2012 at 5:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Prayers for him.

May 09 2012 at 3:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God bless him my sincere payers for him to his recovery.
God bless the brave man that saved his life!

May 09 2012 at 2:36 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Patty

My prayers to Martin Davis for a full recovery and his co-workers, God bless them for saving Mr. Davis. I wish them all well. Nice guys to have around in that kind of dangerous job.

May 09 2012 at 2:23 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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