April 22, 2016 — More tower-related injuries happened this week. Near Alice, Texas, a man fell about 100 feet from a tower before his harness caught him.
Troy White, a tower technician, suffered multiple injuries, April 14, after a failed safety climb cable whipped him off the structure and then lashed him back to the guyed tower, according to Craig Lekutis, Wireless Estimator. The injuries reportedly included a punctured lung, six broken ribs, a punctured arm and a broken back in three places. He was working on an AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC-owned tower.
Also on the tower were Tyler Chavarria and John Vincon. Site construction manager Joseph Rosebrough, and Vinson rescued White and had him off of the tower by the time emergency crews arrived. White was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived; he treated at the site and flown to Corpus Christi Spohn Memorial Hospital. Chavarria was also injured on the scene but did not require hospitalization.
Wireless Estimator reports that White, is undergoing surgery today on his left leg which was cut as he slid down a guy wire.
In another incident, a ComEd worker fell out of a cherry picker in Forest Park, Illinois, when a crane lifting a tower section dropped it hitting power lines. The tower section then hit an elevated boom lift, which tipped over the cherry picker. The worker fell 30 feet to the ground.
Wade Sarver is a wireless consultant, tower worker advocate and avid blogger. Read more at wade4wireless.com