[TowerTalk] KFI Tower Falls...again!

Dino Darling dino at k6rix.com
Tue Mar 18 20:46:51 EDT 2008

It saddens me to report that a single point failure cause the new KFI 
tower to fall this afternoon around 2:00PM.  I was on site when the 
failure happened and took a photo of the tower coming down.  Two 
levels of guys were in place.  The third level guys were slowly being 
brought into place, in unison, when the failure occurred.  The tower 
was just under 300' at the time.

Nobody was on the tower during this phase of the installation and 
only one person was hurt when the North/East guy structure gave 
away.  There was some minor damage to a couple of trailers and the 
top 8' of the gin pole came through a warehouse roof.   Other than 
that, there is just a bundle of steel and ceramic in the parking lot 
with some damage to the enclosure wall and fence.

I won't go into details on the single point failure at this time, 
other to say that the tower crew did NOT cause this accident.  The 
third level guys were slacked at the time of the failure.

I'll be posting pictures on my website this evening.


Dino - K6RIX
dino at k6rix.com  

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