A Texas-based tower contractor faces $12,934 in proposed penalties after three workers were killed while attempting to install a new antenna on a communications tower in Miami.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Tower King II Inc. following the incident in Miami on Sept. 27, 2017.
OSHA investigations revealed that the workers fell to their death after a gin pole system – a device that attaches to a communications tower to hoist loads – failed.
OSHA investigators determined that the employer failed to ensure the capacity of the rigging attachments were adequate to support the forces imposed from hoisting loads.
“This tragedy underscores the importance of having a qualified individual conduct an analysis before performing construction work on communication towers,” said Condell Eastmond, Fort Lauderdale OSHA Office Director Condell.