Tower fall claims first fatality of 2011

A 43-year-old Georgia tower technician fell to his death from a 300-foot self supporting tower in Okeechobee, Fla. on Sunday February 20.

Michael Anthony Scott of Hazlehurst, Ga. was on the structure installing antenna transmission lines for South Florida Water Management, the owner of the tower. The antennas operate the locks along the river.

The victim and a co-worker were installing the wires on the tower for working for Davis Specialties of Waycross, GA at about 110 to 120 AGL when the victim fell to his death.

Scott was the first industry worker to die in 2011 from falling from a communications structure. The tower was constructed in 2009. The case is being investigated by OSHA.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and to his coworkers. It’s never easy to hear about one of our brethren.

2 Responses to “Tower fall claims first fatality of 2011”

  • dang, I hate to hear about this, its a shame. I think the safety measures need to be revamped. I am hearing stories like this TOO OFTEN.

  • Unfortunately it is a very common occurrence, with causes that are just as common

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