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Man who survived fall from MGM sign now back to work

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Man who survived fall from MGM sign now back to work

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Mar 10, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A local man can certainly relate to the terror of a sudden stage collapse, like what happened in California.

Chuck Schueler was working about 100-feet off the ground last year on the MGM Grand sign when he fell.

Schueler spoke out to Action News on Monday about his recovery. He's now back at work at YESCO Sign Builders, just seven months after the accident.

"We thought he'd never come back. That big of a fall most people, 99.9-percent, don't even make it. Thank God he made it through," said Tom Moritz, co-worker.

Schueler suffered a broken back, femur, shoulder and even had brain trauma. He was in the hospital for weeks, then rehab for several more.

"I feel like I'm at a comfortable strength, little more to go, but I feel comfy being at work," said Schueler.

Now all of his work before going back to work has paid off.

"Most people who fall, don't come back because they're afraid to go back up," said Andy Lodewyck, supervisor.

Doctors have told Schueler he's not going to be getting up on those signs anytime soon. But as he's proven, it's only a matter of time.

Schueler said he is going to round up his co-workers that were with him when he fell, and go back to visit the now-finished MGM sign.