Federal worker safety agency cites Missouri communications firm in Kansas cell tower deaths

Associated Press

A federal safety enforcement agency is citing a Missouri-based communications company for "willful" and "serious" safety violations in the death of two workers in the collapse in March of a cell tower they were dismantling in Blaine, Kansas.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, issued the citations against Wireless Horizon, Inc., of Saint Peters, Missouri.

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Dr. David Michaels, the assistant secretary of labor who heads OSHA, said in a statement that the nation's growing need for telecommunications should not cost workers' lives.

OSHA proposed penalties of $134,400 for the company.

Two tower technicians, ages 25 and 38, were killed when a cell tower they were trying to dismantle collapsed on top of them.

OSHA says so far this year, 11 workers have died in such mishaps.