CORRECTION: The death of a construction worker in central Texas was not from a fall from a cell tower as we previously reported, but from a transmission tower.
Jesus Govea, 52, fell 50 feet from the tower when a brace gave way. He was working for a local construction company, Chapman Construction, according to Mills County officials. The incident occurred at around noon.
“Chapman’s wireless group has never experience a fatality and this was the first the company has incurred in more than 10 years and it immediately began assessing how this tragic accident occurred. Based on what the Company has learned, the crew was working on tightening bolts on the tower,” the company said in a press release. “The employee fell as he went to tighten a bolt on a brace. His fellow crew members and company EMS personnel immediately rendered aid, but the employee did not survive his fall.”
Emergency personnel transported Govea to Brownwood Regional Medical Center where he died later from internal injuries. OSHA is investigating the accident.