Tower King II Inc. is facing $12,934 in fines after three employees suffered fatal injuries while attempting to install a new antenna on a communications tower in Miami, FL, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
During the investigation, OSHA determined that a gin pole system – a device that attaches to a communications tower to hoist loads – failed, causing the employees to fall.
Investigators determined the employer failed to ensure the capacity of the rigging attachments were adequate to support the forces imposed from hoisting loads.
The Texas-based tower contractor was issued one serious citation for exposing employees to fall and struck-by hazards. The company faces $12,934 in proposed penalties, the maximum allowed under law.
“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.