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Company involved in fatal collapse received prior citations

S & S Communications, one of the companies involved in the February 1, 2014 cell-phone tower collapse was previously cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in 2009 after an employee fell to his death.

The 2009 fatal accident caused S & S Communications to receive two serious violations from OSHA and a fine total of $3,000. According to OSHA spokesperson, Scott Allen, the work incident occurred when an employee detached his harness to move to positions, but did not have the second required lanyard to prevent falling when moving about. There have also been reports of other S & S Communications workers having "defective components" in their lanyards.

The investigation for the recent accident in Harrison County, WV causing deaths of 3 people, could take up to six month. The investigation process includes conducting interviews, making measurements, Taking pictures, and gathering various documents. To date, there have been no details released about the OSHA investigation. OSHA has noted the concern that the injuries and fatalities on communication towers is on the rise.

Injuries at the workplace can create unique circumstances and often result in serious injuries and fatalities. Consulting an attorney after a workplace injury is very important. Attorneys can get the help you need and make sure evidence of the incident is preserved properly and that a proper investigation is conducted for the incident. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured at their workplace, the Manchin Injury Law Group can help. Contact one of our attorneys for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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