South Dakota authorities have informed Wireless Estimator that a 23-year-old tower technician fell to his death from a cell tower on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019 and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Pennington County Sheriff’s spokesperson said that the deceased worker was Andrew Michael Psomas. They did not have readily available his home address.
Psomas, who made his first climb on Jan. 19, 2018, according to his Facebook page, was employed by True North Tower of Sauk Rapids, MN when the accident happened.
According to authorities, a call for emergency assistance came in at 8:44 p.m. It is unknown at what height Psomas was at on the 190-foot Crown Castle self-supporting tower when he fell. Temperatures at 9:00 p.m. hovered around 39 degrees F.
The structure is located on 154th Ave. near Caputa, a small rural community of 173 residents.
“ We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts are with Andrew’s family, friends and co-workers as we work through this difficult time,” a spokesperson from True North Tower said.
“At this very early stage of the investigation, we have no further details other than what has been reported by local authorities. We are in the process of working with local agencies, including OSHA, to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding this event. This is a very difficult time for all involved and we ask that you respect the privacy of those involved to preserve dignity,” he said.
According to friends of Psomas, he was not married.
Psomas was the first tower technician to die in 2019 in a work-related accident.
Wireless Estimator will provide additional details as they become known.