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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower ACCIDENT

To: "Richard Joey Fiero II W5TFW" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower ACCIDENT
From: "Chet Moore" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 20:58:37 -0400
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Yo Joey,

I don't know that I see a lot of mistakes or things that I haven't already 
done? .  Could you expand a bit on just what were the mistakes you made? I 
guess it would have been nice to know the age  and make of the tower, the 
size of the guy wires, were the guy wires attached to the legs or to a 
guying fixture?  I typically have a fall arrest lanyard plus another belt 
around the tower, usually clipped off on different rungs.  That doesn't help 
much if you are attached twice to the same section and that section 
collapses .  Now that you think back on it, did any of the 6 sections you 
successfully got down have a lot of rust where they were joined together? 
Did the tower collapse in the middle of the section?

A couple of weeks ago the club here went out to take down a 90 footer at 
K1KO.   N4BAA who was the climber after looking it over "condemned" the 
tower and said he wasn't climbing it (25G).  The end result was that  the 
legs were cut at the bottom and the tower was dropped and fell right on the
chosen line.   After reading this, I am sure the right choice was made.

I hope you make a speedy recovery.


Chet N4FX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Joey Fiero II W5TFW" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 7:18 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower ACCIDENT

>  to All;
> A Fellow ham asked me to drop by here and tell you all my story, you see I
> am in a wheel chair,
> because I was on a tower that collapsed,
> My Names Joey, My Call is W5TFW, I live just outside of Baton Rouge
> Louisiana, On April 1st
> I was disassembling a  100' tower with a mosley tri bander and a 2 meter
> Yagi, etc,....
> The owner whos is now a silent key,  told me the tower was in fine shape, 
> 3
> sets of guy wires no rust,
> seemed strong enough to me upon inspection, so up I went, I first removed
> the antennas, rotor, top section, then 6 10' sections, now at 40' the 
> tower
> legs just BROKE,  it snaped the guy wires and down I came, I broke my left
> ankle, My Pelvis, my Back, my Ribs, and I almost bleed to death,
>   I hope this helps you all not to make the mistakes I made.
> ps: the OWNER of the tower, Came to the hospital,  He had a Heart attack 
> and
> died.
>              Regards,  Joey
> Richard Joey Fiero II
> W5TFW  EM-40
> Director 6 Club
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