OSHA begins investigation into deadly tower collapse in Fordland, Mo.


Originally published by KY3.com

FORDLAND, Mo. — Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are on site of a deadly tower collapse in Fordland, Mo.

OSHA investigators say they will not only look at the cause of the collapse, but also if the company was following all OSHA standards. The investigation could take up to six months. The tower stood nearly 2,000 feet.

Steve J. Lemay, 56, of Washington state, died in the collapse Thursday. The website for Steve Lemay, LLC says he was the owner and general foreman of the company, which specializes in commercial tower. Lemay himself had 25 years of experience working on towers. He and five others were working on the tower, installing structural reinforcements so the tower could support new equipment.

Investigators say the workers were about a 100 feet up on the tower when it crashed to the ground. Three of the crew members suffered injuries, but have been treated and released for their injuries.

Missouri State University owned the tower used by the Ozarks Public Television station KOZK. The station’s over-the-air signal is out and an MSU spokesperson says they don’t yet have to plan or timeline on getting the signal back on the air.

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