Tower worker falls to death while climbing down

by on April 15, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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Descending from heights requires workers to use fall-protection at all times. A tragic example of failing to heed that safety advice recently occurred in Wichita, KS.

A 25-year-old communications-tower maintenance worker was climbing down a tower when he fell the last 50 feet. He died at the scene.

OSHA’s acting head in the Wichita area noted that employers must properly train workers in the need to maintain fall protection at all times. OSHA fined the worker’s employer, Optica Network Technologies, which operates as Pinpoint Towers LLC, for three serious safety violations. OSHA says the company:

  • failed to ensure fall protection was maintained at all times while traversing the communication tower
  • didn’t including fall protection in job hazard assessments, and
  • didn’t certify that hazard assessment had been completed.

The proposed penalties are $21,000. The company has no previous history with OSHA.

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