Man Stable After Tower Fall

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A man fell from a cell tower in Summit Park located in Harrison County, WV, Friday afternoon. Currently in stable condition, he fell from the tower and was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital with a head injury, according to WDTV-TV. This accident comes just 18 months after two tower workers and a local firefighter were killed while working on a tower when it collapsed in the Summit Park area near Clarksburg. WDTV-TV reported that there is no word on the man’s name, or whether or not he works with the company involved in the previous tower collapse accident.

The tower accident that took place on February 1, 2014, resulted in three fatalities and two injuries. WBOY-TV reported that West Virginia State Police Corporal Mark Waggamon said four workers in total, three men approximately 70 feet above the ground, and a fourth man, about 20 feet above the ground, were on the tower. They were repairing and removing old structural supports, and before any of that could be done, the tower collapsed, killing two of the workers. When the first tower collapsed it compromised the second tower, which collapsed, resulting in the death of a first responder. The project was contracted by SBA to an independent engineering firm, which in turn sub-contracted the work to S. and S. Communications Specialists, Inc., based in Oklahoma. There are currently wrongful death lawsuits pending in regards. All five of the lawsuits seek compensatory and punitive damages and demand trials by jury, WBOY-TV reported.

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