This webpage provides original investigations of collapses and other incidents conducted by the Directorate of Construction, OSHA. Many of these incidents resulted in one or more worker fatalities, and most of them resulted in multi-million dollar property loss, lawsuits, or settlements. Due to the nature of investigations of construction collapses and other incidents, these reports may contain professional opinions of the investigating engineer, opinions of incident root cause, and factual data and findings. Our goal is to help employers, workers, construction engineers, project managers, and regulatory bodies identify problems in construction design, project management, and management of field engineering changes. Hopefully, this information will help reduce future incidents, fatalities, and serious injuries.
The accident occurred when a final foot section broke loose while being raised to the top of the tower. The 6-ton section broke a guy wire as it fell, causing the rest of the tower to collapse on a transmitter building. Immediately after the accident 30 miles southwest of Houston, Cordell had said it appeared a cable failed. But he said Wednesday review of a video tape of the accident and discussion with other officials persuaded him a clamp failed. Cordell said the nine FM radio stations that owned the tower would meet today to discuss when to resume construction. The dead were identified as Johnny Bratten Jr. Owens, 35, of Byhalia, Miss.
WPLG assistant chief engineer Steve Ellis said the workers were removing gear at the top of the tower to install an upgraded transmission antenna for another station when the accident occurred. Ellis said the tower has been used by all the local broadcasters many times, describing it as "very, very safe. And then when I heard the boom, I saw the debris fly in the air, and I immediately called ," said Eric Garner.
Case Statement A. Date and Time : William Harris - President. Harris recommended to Jordan that Antenna Engineering, Inc. Harry Jordan - Head of Engineering Division.