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Scaffold accident leaves one dead, another injured NTC


The death of a Taneytown man and the injury of a Keymar worker in a scaffolding accident in Damascus Thursday are under investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency.

Robert D. Rasche, 36, of the 1200 block of Hapes Mill Road was pronounced dead at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville shortly after the 9:40 a.m. accident, Montgomery County police reported.

Co-worker Jeffrey Wachter, 21, of Keymar was flown to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda for treatment of a fractured leg and back injuries. He was listed in good condition Friday.

The men were working on a 14-foot-high scaffold, building a barn on Ridge Road in northern Montgomery County, when a support gave way and they fell to the ground.

The accident was witnessed by several construction workers who work on the Rasche Bros. farm on Hapes Mill Road. Robert Rasche was one of four brothers who work at Rasche Bros., which does contracting work. He was the son of William R. and Doris S. Rasche.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Rifle Association.

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