A 34-year-old tower technician died Friday afternoon in Manchester, Connecticut, after he fell from an 80-foot self-supporting tower owned by Marcus Communications, located on the southwest side of their 50,000 sq. ft. facility at 33 Mitchell Drive.
Police responded to the scene at 2:30 p.m., according to their Tweet, and found the tower climber unresponsive and he was pronounced dead. They also said that OSHA was on the scene investigating the workplace fatality.
In a media statement, Marcus Communications said, “We are sad to learn a tower climber fell from our communications tower this afternoon.” The company noted that their firm did not employ the deceased.
According to two sources knowledgeable about the fatality, the tower technician, who had been climbing for several years, was employed by Roadrunner Installation Services at 1050 Buckley Highway, Union, Connecticut.
The long-established tower erection and maintenance company, owned by Wayne Kemp, reportedly had a three-person crew changing out a two-foot microwave dish and transmission line at the top of the self-supporting tower when the man fell.
Kemp did not return multiple requests by Wireless Estimator for additional information.
According to a Go-Fund-Me page, the deceased has been identified as Matthew Clark.
The Tower Family Foundation has been reaching out to the industry for contact information for Clark’s family to assist them during their time of need.
Clark’s death was the second fatality this year. Eight fatalities were recorded in 2019.
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