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Antenna technician dies after falling 310 feet from a television tower to the ground.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90CO033, 1990 Dec; :1-2
A 37-year-old antenna technician died as a result of injuries sustained in a 310-foot fall from a television transmitting tower. The victim was lead foreman of a three man crew contracted to repair an antenna dish. The crew had just completed the climb to the 310-foot level and were securing equipment when the victim mis-connected his safety belt, failed to check the connect and then let go of the structural steel and fell to his death. The Colorado Department of Health investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that workers comply with existing safety policies and procedures at all times. 2. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of projects. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices.
Region-8; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Supervisory-personnel
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90CO033; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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