On Sept. 2, three workers in Norman received emergency transport to Oklahoma City hospital on account of an accident involving a cell tower, authorities stated. The incident reportedly happened near Robinson Avenue and Flood Avenue.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an investigation into the event to determine what factors might have contributed to the workplace injury accident. According to authorities, the incident transpired at approximately 11 a.m.
Apparently, two workers were climbing the cell tower when a rope snapped and struck one of the workers. The worker might have been knocked unconscious by the rope, authorities reported.
About 15 minutes later, a third worker attempted to climb to the elevated position on the cell tower where the two workers were stranded. While the third worker was tying a rope to the tower, the other two workers reportedly slipped. Emergency crews that had been summoned to the scene transported all three men to Oklahoma City hospital, where initial reports indicated that one of the workers was in critical condition.
While the details surrounding this particular incident were unclear immediately following the event, there is a possibility that the workers who suffered injuries may be eligible for personal injury compensation via civil action. That is because people who suffer damages stemming from an accident attributable to another party's negligence may file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, seeking restitution for hospital expenses, medical care costs and even lost wages related to their injuries. For this reason, many people injured in accidents like the one in Norman on Sept. 2 retain an attorney to review the circumstances of the event and advise whether a personal injury suit is viable.
Source: KFOR.com, "Update: Oklahoma workers identified, one remains in critical condition after fall from cell tower", September 03, 2014