Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, for Shelton James Cormier, Jr., 44, who died Aug. 17, in Louise, Miss. after falling from a cell tower. Cormier, who was from Scott, La., was married and had two children. He is the tenth tower climber to die so far this year.
Cormier fell 125 feet while working on a tower at 8:30 a.m., according to Clyde Payne, Mississippi-area OSHA director. Cormier was employed by Custom Tower of Scott, La. The 357-foot tower that he was working on is owned by C Spire Wireless.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Aug. 21 that OSHA may be taking a broader approach to investigating tower-climbing accidents that will scrutinize the role of cellular carriers. Contracts and deadline pressure might also be factored in as possible causes of the fatalities.