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Fatal fall of a 29-year-old tower tech from a 300-foot Louisiana tower is industry’s first 2022 death

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OSHA is investigating the death of a 29-year-old tower technician who fell from a guyed tower in Florien, LA, late Friday afternoon. According to multiple sources interviewed by Wireless Estimator, Jose Garcia, a resident of Mexico, fell from an unknown elevation off of a 300-foot tower owned by SBA Communications of Boca Raton, FL. The site is located off of …

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QualTek contests Washington regulators’ $12,000 fine for safety violations following employee’s death

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QualTek Wireless LLC of Blue Bell, PA, is contesting two serious Washington State Labor and Industries (LNI) safety violations issued after an employee fell to his death in Arlington, WA, on December 4, 2021. Tower technician Michael Vasquez, 24, was working on an installation on a Crown Castle monopole when he suddenly fell from about the 140-foot level, according to authorities. The …

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Low budget ‘Fall’ is far from believable, but it’s certainly a high-octane thriller

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Tower erectors and maintenance purists will likely give the low-budget thriller Fall a failing one star for accuracy. However, critic reviews are favorable for the movie released on Friday, where two young women are stranded on top of a 2,000-foot abandoned tower in an absurd but undeniably effective nightmare. The New York Times described it as a “nerve-shredding thriller.” If you …

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Tower tech’s non-life-threatening injury still required an Iowa rescue team to bring him to the ground

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Sioux City, Iowa fire rescue personnel rescued a tower technician Monday evening when he couldn’t make it down from a cell tower that he was working on when he became injured. Rescue workers successfully performed a rope rescue at the tower site off of Florence Avenue in Riverside around 5:00 p.m. Authorities, who would not release the worker’s name or …

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Death of a tower worker falling off a 300-foot Crown Castle guyed tower proves to be incorrect

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News reports on Monday described an industry fatality when a tower technician fell off a guyed tower that he was working on in Anderson, SC. However, the reporting was incorrect. TV station WSPA said a man working on a tower in Anderson County had been found dead and cited the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) as stating the man fell …

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Alabama tower collapse ends a tower tech’s life, leaving behind his wife and five children

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A 36-year-old tower technician and father of five who worked for the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) died Wednesday afternoon in a “tragic accident,” the agency said yesterday. Communications technician Brett Savage with the AFC and a resident of Deatsville, in Elmore County, was killed instantly when the communications tower he was helping a crew remove collapsed in Washington County, the …

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Immediate stop use recall issued on specific 3M DBI-SALA lanyards

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3M Fall Protection has announced a stop use/recall of specific 3M™ DBI-SALA® ShockWave™2 Arc Flash Shock Absorbing Lanyards. 3M determined that, for a limited number of devices, a potential manufacturing issue could result in the lanyard not performing properly in the event of a fall, which could result in severe injury or death. There have been no reports of injuries, …

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Hundreds of tower techs told ‘squeezed’ workers could benefit from CWA Tower Climbers Union

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Last month, 11 employees of QualTek’s Nevada location filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRF) for a union election for admittance to the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, the first-ever company to ask for representation. During a Tower Climbers Union/CWA national town hall yesterday that took advantage of many wireless workers being off on Sunday afternoon, …

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NATE and OSHA encourage participating in a national safety stand-down next week to prevent construction falls

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association is urging its members and all wireless industry companies and stakeholders to actively participate in next week’s OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. NATE and OSHA are requesting that employers set aside time throughout this week to facilitate safety meetings and activities in order to have an open discussion with their …

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Five years prison term given to tower tech who killed his brother-in-law during Iowa motel brawl

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An Oklahoma tower technician has been sentenced to five years in prison for the beating death of his brother-in-law of 12 years in the parking lot of a Sioux City, Iowa motel. Jordan Kaesemeyer, 36, of Marlow, Oklahoma, was sentenced on March 8, 2022, after pleading guilty in September to involuntary manslaughter for the June 2020 death of Justin Morrison, …

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Tower tech is seriously injured after falling from an unknown height inside a Florida water tower

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The condition of  26-year-old tower technician Brandon O’Neil of Orlando, FL is unknown after he fell from an unknown height inside a water tower in Palm Coast, FL, on Tuesday evening and suffered serious injuries. A Flagler County press release said that the technician “was atop the tower when he fell approximately 120 feet,” which is being repeated in media …

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Thirty-year-old tower tech passes after falling from 400-foot tower in Ontario

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Canada, frequently identified as one of the safest countries for tower climbers, had a fatality yesterday when a 30-year-old tower technician fell to his death in the Township of Minden Hills, Ontario. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Haliburton Highlands OPP was contacted by Haliburton County Paramedic Services (EMS) for a worker who had …

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Windy City Tower Techs resolves OSHA fatality investigation with zero citations relating to accident

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Windy City Tower Techs, LLC (“Windy City”) suffered an unfortunate fatality incident on September 3, 2021 at a monopine telecommunications tower in Olympia Fields, Illinois. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) conducted a comprehensive investigation into the incident. Importantly, OSHA found no violations relating to the fatal accident. During its inspection, OSHA learned that the employee was not …

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Black & Veatch recognized among ‘Best of the Best’ in Michigan workplace safety, health

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Reflecting its unwavering championing of safety protocols, Black & Veatch proudly announces it has received the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program in Construction (MVPPC) STAR Award – the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (MIOSHA) highest honor involving workplace safety. The award, open to all Michigan employers, recognizes companies determined to be the “best of the best” in demonstrating exemplary safety …

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OSHA will be inspecting a dissolved air conditioning company when investigating a Texas tower tech’s death

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OSHA has identified the contractor they are investigating following the death of a Texas tower technician, Steven Rankin, 53, after falling from a tower on November 17 in Garrison, TX, as reported yesterday by Wireless Estimator. The inspection information released this morning states that Weiman Air Condition & Electrical, Inc. was the contractor that was managing the Verizon installation project …

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A 1099 crew’s 53-year-old tower technician falls to his death from a Verizon tower in Texas

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UPDATE: December 2, 2021 — OSHA has released the contractor’s name that the agency will be investigating. Wireless Estimator has been able to confirm today the death of a 53-year-old tower technician in Garrison, TX on November 17. The fatality came to light when tower technician Chris Sanders posted on a Facebook group: Sad day on the tower today! He …

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Rivet concern has DBI-SALA issuing a stop use and inspection notice on self-retracting-lifeline

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3M Fall Protection has issued a Stop Use Alert on specific versions of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self Retracting Lifeline with Anchor Hook. 3M Fall Protection has identified a very low potential for the lifeline to be assembled with an unformed top swivel eye rivet, but an improperly formed rivet may become displaced from the top swivel eye. An unformed rivet may …

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Contractors rebelling against ‘take it or leave it’ matrix pricing that could easily endanger carriers’ 5G builds

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In 1999 when The Matrix opened in theatres, carriers and towercos began utilizing matrix pricing to project CapEx budgets for macro sites, while still allowing acceptable margins and opportunities for contractors to continue to be successful. Fast forward 22 years. The Matrix Resurrections sequel will hit the big screens this December and it is expected to be hugely profitable, unlike …

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Veterans and tower techs will benefit from $3.2 million raised by T-Mobile and wireless industry companies

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T-Mobile recently announced a staggering $1.4 million distribution to be shared equally by the Tower Family Foundation (TFF) and Warriors4Wireless (W4W) following the 8th Annual T-Mobile Golf Tournament. With 47 corporate sponsors supporting the event, the two benefactor organizations have now received more than $3.2 million from the annual fundraiser. “The T-Mobile Tournament achieves at least two results each year,” …

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Bud Noel and Patrick Murphy appointed to Tower Family Foundation’s Board of Directors

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Bud Noel, Senior Vice President of Operations for the U.S. Tower Division of American Tower in Boston, Massachusetts, and Patrick Murphy, Founder and CEO of Murphy Tower Service, LLC in Carlisle, Iowa, have been appointed to serve on the Tower Family Foundation’s Board of Directors. Noel and Murphy join the Tower Family Foundation Board comprised of industry veterans devoted to …