OSHA cites company over November fatal tower fall in Wichita

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Wichita, Kan. -- A company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the death of a man who fell from a communications tower in north Wichita.

Optica Network Technologies, which operates as Pinpoint Towers LLC, was cited by OSHA with 3 serious safety violations after the accident, which happened on November 23. A 25-year-old man was performing maintenance on a tower near 29th Street North and Emporia when he fell about 50 feet.

The man was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery, but later died from his injuries.

OSHA says the citations allege that Pinpoint "failed to ensure fall protection was maintained at all times" and did not "conduct a comprehensive job hazard assessment to include fall protection methods" The agency says the company also failed to provide certification that the hazard assessment had been completed and did not provide adequate fall protection training to workers.

OSHA has proposed a $21,000 penalty. There have been no previous complaints about Pinpoint or Optica.

The company has 15 days to respond to OSHA. The agency says there were 13 tower related fatalities in 2013, which was more than the previous two years combined.

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