Transmission tower workers fall about 1,000 feet to their deaths

MIAMI — An investigation is underway after three workers fell about 1,000 feet to their deaths while working on a transmission tower in a Miami suburb, CBS station WFOR-TV reports.

Police and rescue personnel responded to the area in Miami Gardens around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“I’ve been noticing the crane for a while,” said Eric Garner, who lives nearby. “They had the crane up there, the structure up there a couple days ago. It rained Monday, so they couldn’t get it done.”

Garner said the workers were near the top of a structure he described as a crane right next to the tower.

“I saw the guy on top of it,” said Garner. “The cord was hanging down. I went in the house, and I heard the noise. It sounded like the winds from the hurricane, the cord ripping. And then when I heard the boom I saw the debris fly up in the air.”

Aerial footage shows crews working the scene after three workers fell from a transmission tower in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Sept. 27, 2017.

Aerial footage shows crews working the scene after three workers fell from a transmission tower in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Sept. 27, 2017.

WFOR-TV

The police said the structure next to the tower, which stands about 1,000 feet high, collapsed.

“I called 911,” said Garner. “You know, that’s all about I can do, and I just prayed for the guys, you know what I mean, the families.”

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene, but the workers were pronounced dead. They had been working on a tower that transmits the signals for WPLG-TV and WSVN-TV.

WSVN-TV released a statement that read, “We are saddened by this tragic event. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of the three men who died. They worked for a company hired by Channel 7 to perform work on the tower that was required by the FCC.”

The names of the workers have not been released.

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Source: CBS News – United States

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