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Sixth 2019 tower tech death was kept quiet for over six weeks

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After six weeks of investigating leads, Wireless Estimator has confirmed that an 18-year-old tower technician working on an AT&T installation project fell from a New Jersey monopole and died upon impact. The New York resident’s death had not been reported in local, social or industry media and most likely would have been kept private by the worker’s company and the …

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Insurer must provide bankrupt Monarch Towers and its owner coverage following two tech deaths

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A Florida federal judge on Friday ruled that a tower erector’s insurance company doesn’t have to represent and indemnify Sarasota, Florida-based Broadcast Tower Technologies in a lawsuit following a July 8, 2013 accident in New Town, North Dakota that resulted in the death of two tower techs, but it does have to represent the contractor’s bankrupt company and its owner. …

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Florida firefighters rescue an injured tech hanging from a self-supporting tower

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A tower tech was rescued by firefighters this morning about 9 a.m. after he fainted and received head injuries, according to the News Press, as he climbed down from a self-supporting communications tower in the rear of Premiere International College on Central Avenue in downtown Ft. Myers, Florida. According to Fort Myers Deputy Fire Chief Tracy McMillion, the tech had been …

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Prayers asked for tower tech who fell and has been in critical condition for 11 days

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A tower tech who fell off a Missouri guyed tower on July 30, still remains in intensive care in critical condition and friends, family and co-workers are asking for the nation’s prayers for his recovery. Sources knowledgeable of the incident informed Wireless Estimator that Devon Smith of New Orleans, was on a Kansas City Power & Light-owned  tower near Warrensburg in …

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Easy app is a first line of defense in reducing injuries and saving lives

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Over 1,100 tower site hazards were identified and corrected last year. They weren’t found by accident, but were discovered through the active participation of 138 companies  taking advantage of the National Association of Tower Erectors STAR Initiative program that uses a free app that easily assists workers in identifying site safety hazards. To highlight this app, NATE has released a video entitled …

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Tech’s death identified as ‘medical emergency’, but some believe it was an accident

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A 41-year-old Ohio tower technician foreman, Eric James Connors, passed away August 1, 2019, with conflicting reports as to whether his death was due to a worksite accident or a medical emergency occurring when his crew was working on an antenna installation project for WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio on a tower owned by American Tower Corp. The event reportedly took …

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BACOM updates information on deceased California tech who fell in Nevada

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To clarify the misinformation that has appeared on social and other media regarding a recent industry fatality, Broken Arrow Communications, Inc.’s (BACOM) President, Dan Filler, has provided a statement to Wireless Estimator: “On July 11, 2019, Joel Miller, a Broken Arrow Communications, Inc. employee lost his life following a fall from a tower near Sparks, Nevada. “Joel was a father …

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California tower foreman passes in Nevada after falling off a 253-foot tower

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OSHA is investigating the industry’s fifth tower climber fatality in 2019 after a Pittsburg, California man fell from a Nevada self-supporting tower on Thursday, July 11. Wireless Estimator has confirmed that Joel Joaquin Miller, age 41, passed away when he fell from an American Tower 253-foot self-supporting tower in Patrick, Nevada, east of Interstate 80. Miller, a seasoned tower climber, …

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Friday’s ham radio climber’s death is a stark reminder of dangers present this weekend during Field Day

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Field Day is ham radio operators’ open house as approximately 40,000 amateur radio operators throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places this weekend to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill, and service to the nation’s communities. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills. It also can be deadly. In 2009, while installing an …

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New inductees profiled in ‘Tower Climbers Hall of Shame’

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Facebook pages provide an uncensored opportunity for stupidity June 5, 2019 – For over a dozen years Wireless Estimator has highlighted some of the most egregious tower climber safety infractions in its Tower Climbers Hall of Shame. Almost daily you could view violations on Facebook. Thankfully, most Facebook group moderators took the high road and now delete troubling photos. But …

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Services set for tall tower technician Kevin Wright of Indiana who passed away last week

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Services have been announced for Kevin D. Wright of Evansville, Indiana, who passed away on May 22, 2019 after falling from a tower in Polk County, Iowa while performing restoration services for KDSM FOX as an employee of Precision Communications, Inc. of Grove, Oklahoma. Kevin was born in Randolph County, Indiana on October 23, 1971, to David H. and Sandra (Arnold) …

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‘Catastrophic’ repair ends in death for tower tech who fell 1,000 feet

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A 47-year-old tall tower technician died this morning after falling approximately 1,000 feet from the KDSM FOX tower near Alleman in Polk County, Iowa. The worker was employed by Precision Communications, Inc. of Grove, Oklahoma. Wireless Estimator will release the tech’s name after family members have been notified. According to Lt. Heath Osberg of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, two …

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Tower Family Foundation appoints Willie Goldman to its Endowment Committee

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The Tower Family Foundation announced today that Willie Goldman, Southeastern Regional Business Development Manager for Drake Lighting, LLC, has been appointed to serve on the Foundation’s Endowment Committee. The Tower Family Foundation made the announcement at the Connect (X) 2019 Conference that is taking place this week in Orlando, Fla. “The Tower Family Foundation is excited to continue to expand our …

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300-foot fall is fatal to Arkansas tower technician, father of two

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Services will be held Monday morning for tower technician Christopher Hawkins, 34, of Caraway, AR who passed away Thursday after falling from a 300-foot guyed tower in Brookhaven, Miss. Visitation for the father of two children will be at Monette Church of Christ, 702 Drew Ave., Monette, AR at 10 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at …

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Recent rescue raises concerns about climbers’ ability to rescue their fellow workers

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On May 6, 2019, a tower technician employed by Infinity Construction Solutions, Inc. called 911 to rescue his unnamed coworker off a monopole in Georgia. A Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson informed Wireless Estimator that it took two hours to perform the “methodical” rescue. He was then transported to a hospital. They did not provide the extent of …

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Georgia firefighters come to the aid of an injured tower tech

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Georgia firefighters were able to rescue an injured tower technician who could not climb down the monopole he was working on Monday afternoon. An individual knowledgeable of the accident said the injured worker was employed by Infinity Construction of Georgia. The company did not respond to multiple requests for information. The worker was injured while climbing the tower in the …

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Nebraska tower foundation driller’s employee electrocuted in Virginia

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A tower foundation drilling company worker died on April 26, 2019, after being electrocuted on a jobsite, according to individuals knowledgeable of the April 22, 2019 incident that occurred in Accomac, Va. Kevlin Finck, 30, of Nebraska, employed by Dietzel Enterises, Inc. of  Omaha, was at a construction site when a track-mounted drill rig reportedly had a winch line come …

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NCOSH casting a wide net in its investigation of a fiber installation explosion that killed two

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The N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) is using a shotgun approach to uncover whether proper procedures were followed marking utility lines as well as drilling around those lines prior to a gas explosion on April 10 that killed  a shop owner and utility employee and injured 25 other individuals. N.C. DOL Public Information Officer Mary Katherine Revels …

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OSHA sets aside May 6-10 for its 6th national fall prevention safety stand-down

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is joining with occupational safety organizations for the 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, 2019. The week-long event will focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry. The national stand-down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday …

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Investigations underway in Crown Castle subsidiary’s gas explosion accident that killed one, injured 25

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As part of a state investigation, Dominion Energy will begin excavation this week under a site where an explosion in downtown Durham, N.C. on April 10 killed a 61-year-old coffee shop owner and injured 25 people when a Crown Castle subcontractor struck a gas line causing the blast that severely damaged 15 businesses. City officials have said a contractor laying …