Blaine, KS Telecommunication Tower Collapse, Mar 2014
TELECOMMUNICATION TOWER COLLAPSE KILLS TWO WORKERS IN KANSAS.
TWO CONTRACT EMPLOYEES WORKING AT 250-FEET DIED WHEN THE COMMUNICATION TOWER THEY WERE HELPING DISMANTLE COLLAPSED, TAKING A SECOND TOWER WITH IT.
Blaine, Kansas - OSHA is investigating a communications tower collapse in Blaine, Kan., that claimed the lives of SETH GARNER, of St. Peters, Mo., and MARTIN POWERS, of St. Charles, Mo.
The men died when the communication tower they were working on collapsed. POWERS was pronounced dead at the scene and GARNER died at a local hospital.
GARNER and POWERS worked for Wireless Horizon of St. Louis, which was a subcontractor working for the Union Pacific Railroad. They were working at 250-feet to remove equipment from a telecommunication tower, which was being dismantled. When that tower collapsed, it took down the new tower that was next to it.
According to Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat, the men were wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, such as fall protection harnesses. OSHA is investigating the accident.
Michael Moon, the acting area director for OSHA, said there were 13 tower related fatalities in Kansas last year and four - not including these two deaths - this year.
"They are in a very high risk job. In 2013, we were more than double in the number of fatalities for tower related incidents than we were in 2011 and 2012 combined," Moon told local television station WIBW.
EHS Today Article 2014-03-27