Thanksgiving  eve fall claims the life of a California tower technician

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Cal/OSHA is investigating the death of a tower technician who fell from a rooftop in California.

Cal/OSHA is investigating the death of a tower technician who fell from a rooftop in California

A tower technician fell to his death Wednesday in Chula Vista, Calif. while working on a rooftop installing transmission lines.

Authorities said that Matthew Vukasovich, 38, of Corona, died after falling approximately 30-feet from a two story medical office building at 690 Otay Lakes Rd.

According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office, Vukasovich was married and lived with his wife in Corona.

None of his co-workers saw Vukasovich go over the side about 1 p.m., said Lt. John Autolino of the Chula Vista Police Department.

However, a passerby saw Vukasovich fall from the roof and called 911. Paramedics rushed him to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where he died from his injuries, according to the coroner’s office.

Cal/OSHA is investigating the incident, the second death to occur in California since Wireless Estimator started tracking industry fatalities in 2003.

Vukasovich  was employed by Motive Energy Telecommunications of Corona. The company, founded in 2002, has over 250 employees, according to its website.

A company spokesperson said that he could not provide any information regarding Vukasovich’s fall until such time as the investigation by Cal/OSHA is completed.

He said that he would provide services information for Vukasovich when they became available.

The building, according to a Google aerial view, appears to not have a parapet wall tall enough to meet safety requirements for working on a roof structure without being tied off or having warning safeguards in place.

According to OSHA Standard 1926.501(b)(1) regarding unprotected sides and edges, “Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.”

The last known industry incident where a man fell from a rooftop occurred in 2010 when a tower tech fell 120 feet to his death off of Walnut Park Plaza in Philadelphia, Pa.

A number of contractors have informed Wireless Estimator that they were going to have an all-hands meeting to create additional awareness for rooftop safety.

Vukasovich’s death was the seventh industry fatality  in 2016.