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February 20, 2019

Chestnut Forks employee dies after fall from lift

Mark Berry
A 60-year-old Warrenton man died Sunday night of injuries suffered four days earlier in a workplace accident.

Mark William Berry fell Feb. 14 from a mechanical lift while changing light bulbs over the indoor tennis courts at the Chestnut Forks Athletic Club just north of town, according to the Fauquier sheriff’s office.

Dispatched at 8:52 a.m. Thursday, a deputy “arrived to find an employee being treated for severe head injury from a fall,” Sgt. James Hartman said. “Mr. Berry was changing light bulbs in the ceiling of the indoor tennis court facility, using a hydraulic lift. The lift was extended and turned over while Mr. Berry was in the bucket.”

A medical helicopter flew Mr. Berry to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He died there around 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Sgt. Hartman said.

Mr. Berry, a 1976 graduate of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md., had worked decades at Chestnut Forks.

The club posted this on its Facebook page Monday:

“The world lost a wonderful man yesterday evening. With great sadness we regret to inform our members and friends, Mark Berry, our beloved friend and colleague passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. We will always remember Mark’s ferocious and adventurous spirit. Rest In Peace and love you huge Mark.”

Mr. Berry also worked part-time during sporting events and concerts at the Capital One Arena in Washington.

State and federal workplace safety agents will investigate the accident.

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Stacie Griffin · February 20, 2019 at 9:43 am
Heartbreaking. Much love to his family and friends.
Bekemp · February 20, 2019 at 9:28 am
A good man.
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