Tower Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Texas company is contesting Occupational Safety and Health Administration penalties related to a fatal fall of a worker on a television tower west of Lincoln last June.

OSHA's Ben Bare says the federal agency determined Spectrasite Broadcast Group of Cedar Hills, Texas, failed to meet three sets of safety standards at the accident scene.

Twenty-two-year-old Carlos Munoz of West Monroe, Louisiana, fell at least 800-feet while working on the 1,500-foot tower. He was part of a crew reinforcing an antenna on the television tower.

Bare says Spectrasite faced proposed fines of $7,500. He says a first citation involved fall protection and assuring that employees are tied off at all times. The second addressed faulty equipment and the third insufficient shielding on the moving parts of a hoist.

Spectrasite safety manager Wade Lawyer says the first two citations were unfair because there was no way to know whether Munoz's safety gear was properly attached at the time.

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