Two Workers Killed In Texas Radio Tower Fall
April 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM (PT)
Two workers from TEXAS fell to their death early TODAY while helping construct a radio tower in northeast TIPPECANOE County. THE SHERIFF'S DEPT. identified the two victims this afternoon as ERNESTO GARCIA, 29, of LAREDO, TX, and PAUL ALISS, 32, of MESQUITE, TX. They were working at the site for ERI INC., a company based in CHANDLER, IND., as part of a crew of five.
TIPPECANOE COUNTY Sheriff TRACY BROWN said the workers fell an estimated 340 feet to the ground. They were wearing safety cables, he said, and were in the process of installing another segment to the tower, which will be 500 feet tall when complete. STEPHANIE MCFARLAND, spokeswoman for IOSHA, said an investigation of the work site is underway, but no information is available yet. The department aims to complete all investigations within six months, but she could not offer a more specific timeline.
JOHN SCHURZ, GM of the WASK radio group that's building the tower, said it would provide service to CARROLL and TIPPECANOE counties of the WXXB-102.9 station.
SCHURZ said the accident is a terrible tragedy. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved," he said.