TV Tower Fall

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 2:29pm

Three tower workers injured when WKTV tower partially collapses.

Two workers fell and another was injured while working on a WCNY antenna at the WKTV television tower near Utica, New York on Monday.

Alpha Antenna Services, located in Manlius, was hired by WCNY to do some repair work on the 350 foot television antenna tower.

Three employees were in the process of being hoisted up the tower by a cable system while wearing full body harnesses.

As the men were approximately 20 to 30 feet off the ground the antenna located at the very top of the tower buckled over.

This created slack in the cable causing all three men to plummet to the ground.

William Fox, 49, suffered severe facial injures; employee Kelly Dougherty, 30, suffered a foot injury and Gregory Campbell, 44, was transported for evaluation only.

Campbell was discharged from the hospital as of 4:50 p.m. on Monday.

Fox was listed in "fair" condition and Dougherty was still in the hospital under evaluation.

Members of the Deerfield Fire Department assisted at the scene and the victims were all transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

OSHA was contacted and also responded to the scene.

As a result, the studio and offices of WKTV were evacuated shortly before noon Monday.

A second crew of tower repair workers arrived early in the afternoon and secured the antenna at the top of the tower.

The building was declared safe for occupancy and WKTV has resumed regular programming.

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