Thank you Miranda for putting in the comment below with more information.
Another update! Inside Towers: http://insidetowers.com/safety-equipment-fails-texas-tower-climber/
To aid the family, a fund has been started at the Bank of San Angelo, 2635 Valleyview Blvd. at Knickerbocker Road, and also online at fundly.com.
So far, about $1,600 has been raised to help with expenses.
Update, I was told that this company had a prior offense in 2002, https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=305008880
I saw this come in at http://sanangelolive.com/news/san-angelo/2014-06-17/updated-man-falls-his-death-downtown-tower and I wondered if anyone knew anything.
According to the article. at 1:50PM local time the police received a call that someone was unconscious at 378 S. Chadbourne in San Angelo according to Officer Tracey Gonzales. It was a 28-year-old young man who apparently was working on the tower. The article says he fell and he is deceased.
This was on a tower that was downtown and the other workers are very upset, obviously. It is a horrible accident.
This is from the article:
“Update 5:12 p.m.
Charlie Guyer, VP Communications for Goodman Networks, AT&T’s contractor for tower construction and maintenance issued a statement. “The company has just been informed of a fatality involving one of our subcontractors Microwave Transmission Systems (MTSI). We extend our deepest condolences to the family. We are conducting an investigation and are fully cooperating with local, state and federal authorities,” he said. Guyer said that his company routinely subcontracts with other companies to handle tower work all over the country.”
Take my word for it.
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Fatal fall claims the life of a 28-year-old tower technician in San Angelo, Texas
June 17, 2014 â A tower technician fell to his death in San Angelo, Tex. this afternoon from a self-supporting tower, according to a police department press [http://www.wirelessestimator.com/media_uploads/images/MTSI-Tower-Death-1.jpg] release. The report said that the man was at approximately the 140-foot level when he fell. The statement said he was employed by Microwave Transmission Systems, Inc. of Richardson.
At 1:50 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to 378 S. Chadbourne St. to investigate a report of an unconscious tower worker. Upon arrival, they were met by San Angelo Fire Department personnel who stated that a man had fallen from the tower and was deceased.
Police later learned the 28-year-old victim was doing repair work on the tower when he experienced issues with his safety equipment and fell.
Police are not releasing the victim’s name until his next of kin have been notified. The technician was married and had two children. It is not known how long he had been workiing in the industry.
“What they’re doing is they’re refurbishing this tower. I believe they are making adjustments to refurbish it into a cell tower,” Public Information Office Tracy Gonzalez said in a press report. “Other workers that are doing some work in the area–now that they’re aware of the situation–they’re providing some support for the workers that were here.”
The tower is a fixture in downtown San Angelo and was originally built to mount multiple large two-ton feed horns that were part of the old AT&T long distance network.
The retrofitting project, reportedly being undertaken for AT&T, was being managed by Goodman Networks.
A press release from Charlie Guyer, VP Communications, said: “The company has just been informed of a fatality involving one of our subcontractors, Microwave Transmission Systems (MTSI). We extend our deepest condolences to the family. We are conducting an investigation and are fully cooperating with local, state and federal authorities.
The structure is not registered in the FCCâs database.
The manâs death was the seventh fatality this year. In 2013, fatalities spiked to 14 after a record-safe-year in 2012 that only had one death.
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