There are many jobs throughout the United States that are considered dangerous or hazardous to one’s health. One of these dangerous jobs include employment as a cell tower worker. Cell towers sites contain antenna and other electronic communication equipment placed to create a network. They serve the function of providing signal strength that allows reception for cellular phone devices.
Despite the known dangers, many individuals risk their lives for the sake of communication, entertainment, or accessibility purposes. One cell tower accident can result in many fatalities. If you or your loved one has been injured in a cell tower accident, call Colombo Law for an initial consultation today.
Common Causes of Cell Tower Accidents
There are hundreds of thousands of cell towers located throughout the United States. These towers must be serviced for maintenance and repair. Although companies have a duty to ensure the safety of cell tower climbers, they often engage in negligent acts for a variety of reasons, both intentional and unintentional, which lead to severe injury or death.
OSHA reports that some of the main hazards encountered are linked to defects such as electrical problems and equipment failure. Unfortunately, products are not always inspected properly prior to use which have been known to cause fatalities when ropes break while at significant heights.
Lack of Proper Training
As was previously noted, falls remain one of the top causes of fatalities amongst cell tower climbers. Climbers should obtain proper training and certification before accessing sites. Time restraints and growing need for cell tower climbers are contributing factors to the lack of proper training.
Failure to Follow Safety Regulations
On job sites, supervisors often disregard safety precautions such as allowing too many climbers to work on a site or working in inclement weather. These acts of disregard create increased hazards to cell tower workers.
Wrongful Death Claims
If you have lost a loved one due to a cell tower accident, the estate may have claim for wrongful death against responsible parties. The personal representative must be the individual who files the wrongful death claim as that is the only party with standing in West Virginia.You will need to speak with an experienced attorney as determining who is at fault is challenging in cell tower accidents. For more information, contact Colombo Law.
Speak With an Experienced Attorney
Any type of workplace accident has a devastating impact on the family. The attorneys at Colombo Law realize that most families are only one or two paychecks away for financial disaster. We want to meet with you and assist in rebuilding your life. We serve clients throughout the state of West Virginia including Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, and Parkersburg. For an initial consultation, call Colombo Law today.
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