CBC reported on February 8 that a cellular communications tower near Natuashish, NL had collapsed, landing on a service vehicle.
At this time, STAC can confirm that a tower collapse occurred. We can also confirm that there were no related injuries or fatalities stemming from this incident, and that the area is now cordoned off to ensure there is no potential for further risk.
While the cause of the collapse has not yet been determined, high winds may have been a factor. STAC has also confirmed that structural engineers will be on-site to examine the tower in the days ahead.
As of last check, an investigation into this event was ongoing, and no other verified information is yet available.
While the Canadian tower industry’s proven commitment to safety has helped ensure that incidents such as this one remain few and far between, it is incumbent on STAC and all industry participants to learn from these experiences whenever possible. As such, STAC will share any additional information about this incident as details are verified.