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Tower erector dies after falling 125 feet from cellular phone tower - South Carolina.
Casini-VJ; Pettit-TA; Hodous-TK
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 98-07, 1998 May; :1-5
A 26-year-old male tower erector (the victim) died after falling 125 feet from a cellular phone tower. The victim was a member of a five-man crew that was erecting a 250-foot cellular phone tower. The victim was on the tower with another tower erector working from top to bottom, securing flexible electrical cables to two of the tower legs. The cables would supply power for the tower's satellite and beacon lights. The victim and foreman climbed down diagonal and horizontal tower cross-members from the 145-foot level to the 125-foot level and began to secure their positioning lanyards to the horizontal tower members. The victim was holding onto a horizontal tower member as he reached to secure his lanyard to the tower. The other erector, located 8 to 10 feet from the victim, heard the victim yell and saw him fall to the ground. The victim struck a metal electrical switch box and its concrete mounting pad prior to hitting the ground. A worker on the ground ran to the truck and called the emergency medical service (EMS). The county EMS and county coroner responded, and the coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: Instruct workers to maintain 100% fall protection while on towers. Instruct workers to take sufficient rest periods to decrease the risk of fatigue.
Falls; Cables; Accident-prevention; Towers; Region-4; Fall-protection; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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