The Baldwin County (AL) Sheriff’s office has reported one tower worker was killed while high up on a tower in the Elsanor/Rosinton area by some falling debris while two other crew members were stranded from the accident. Helicopters from the Coast Guard and the Alabama Law Enforcement Authority (ALEA) were called to evaluate the condition of the climbers before a rescue crew was sent up the structure, reported WKRG-TV.
A high-altitude rescue crew from a Baldwin County fire department eventually made the climb and brought down the two surviving crew members who were injured but did not require hospitalization. According to Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack, the rescue team determined that the third member was deceased and recovered the body in a follow up effort. The tower is located off of County Road 7 near Interstate 10.
“The crew was doing some kind of replacement and repair,” Mack told WKRG-TV, “but there was some debris that may have struck one of the individuals. We know that something happened. We don’t know exactly what.”
Mack said his report will declare the incident as an industrial death that will be followed by an OSHA investigation.
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