Two Tower Workers Die in Accidents in Separate States Monday


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A 25-year-old Indianapolis, IN man fell to his death Monday afternoon while working on a tower at a Damascus, MD water treatment plant while, during the same hour, another man was electrocuted in Wadesboro, NC while decommissioning a tower.

Montgomery County, MD Police were called at 2:44 pm Monday after a man had fallen while working on a cellular tower at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission wastewater treatment plant in Damascus. Daniel Patrick Harrison, 25, of Indianapolis, was dead at the scene, police confirmed to Inside Towers. The State of Maryland’s OSHA is investigating the death as a workplace accident.

Details about the accident, and the tower’s owner, along with Harrison’s employer, were not immediately available.

In Wadesboro, NC, the North Carolina Department of Labor told Inside Towers an employee of RH Construction was electrocuted while holding a cable attached to a crane that came in contact with a live electric wire. The accident happened about 2 pm Monday. Local officials learned of the accident Monday evening at a statewide annual safety awards dinner. Speaking to some 50 banquet guests at Oliver’s Hometown Restaurant & Bar in Wadesboro, Cherie Berry, commissioner of the state’s department of labor, told the annual Safety Awards Dinner “this is just the reason we push safety standards.” Berry was attending the event to present Perdue Farms of Rockingham, NC an award for 3 million hours worked without lost time.

No additional details about the unidentified tower worker, or the owner of the tower, were available.

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