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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1522223.015 - Blackhawk Tower Communications, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita


Inspection Nr: 1522223.015
Report ID: 0729700
Date Opened: 03/29/2021

Site Address:
Blackhawk Tower Communications, Inc.
926 Kansas Street Corner Of Ks Ave. And Shull St.
Le Roy, KS 66857

Mailing Address:
4587 County Road Tt Ste A, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 03/30/2021


Case Closed: 07/26/2021

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1750489
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $9,557 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,557
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 19260095 C 06/28/2021 07/23/2021 $9,557 $9,557 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 134400.015
Event: 03/28/2021
Employee Welding Pipe To Cell Tower Braces Is Killed In Fall

At 11:51 a.m. on March 28, 2021, Employee #1, employed by a tower construction c ompany, was grinding and welding an additional half pipe to a transmission tower 's existing braces. A device malfunctioned, and the employee was burned by the welding heat and flame. The employee fell, a fall height of 95 feet. Employee #1 sustained blunt force traumatic injuries and was killed..

Keywords:blunt force trauma, brace, burn, construction, equipment failure, fall, fall protection, grinding machine, heat, maintenance, metal pipe, open flame, ppe, repair, transmission tower, welding

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1522223.015 Fatality
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