Matthew D. Goodner, 30, of Ford Dodge, Iowa died on Wednesday October 12 in Newton, Mass, the sixth fatality of 2011 in tower related deaths.
Goodner was a contractor who was installing a safety ladder and performing routine maintenance for the tower owner, Boston-based American Tower Corp. During the installation Goodner was working at approximately the 1,000 foot mark on the 1,253 foot guy-wire tower.
Goodner was a member of a veteran crew of three men, working for Ultimate Tower, a Texas-based company.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our contractors. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time. We are working closely with the relevant authorities and cooperating fully with all inquiries into the cause of this tragic accident,” said Matt Peterson, vice president of communications for ATC in a statement.
Peterson said the company suspended all work at the site pending a thorough review of the incident.
Although authorities have said the Goodner was at approximately 1,000 feet, Peterson said he had no information regarding the actual height.
Jessica Pastore, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said there were other tower technicians on the tower at the time of the incident, but none of them was injured.
The tower, used by both radio and television stations, is located on Chesnut Street in Newton, near Interstate 95.
American Tower issued a statement saying “We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our contractors. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time.
“We are working closely with the relevant authorities and co-operating fully with all inquiries into the cause of this tragic accident. We have suspended all work at this site pending a thorough review of this incident.”
Our thoughts go out to Mr Goodners family and friends as well as the crews of Ultimate tower at this time.