OSHA is investigating the death of an unidentified tower worker who fell from halfway up a 1,200-foot AGL broadcast TV tower. He was an employee of Texas-based subcontractor Ultimate Tower Services, which had been hired to do maintenance by the tower’s owner, American Tower.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our contractors. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time. We are working closely with the relevant authorities and cooperating fully with all inquiries into the cause of this tragic accident. We have suspended all work at this site pending a thorough review of this incident,” company spokesman Matt Peterson said in a statement.
The man was the sixth tower climber fatality in 2011. Most recently, a 21-year-old Topeka, Kan., man fell to his death on August 14 while working on a tower in Missouri, and an 18-yearold tower worker from Pinnacle, N.C., fell from a U.S. Cellular tower in Hollister, N.C., on Aug. 3.