January 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM
Worker killed while working on cellular tower in Mount Vernon
A technician for a Sammamish consulting and construction company fell to his death from a cellular tower in Mount Vernon Friday morning, according to Mount Vernon police.
Medics tried to save the 32-year-old man after he fell just before noon at Mount Vernon Fire Station 2, 1901 N. LaVenture Road. He was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cellular tower he was working on is on city property that is leased to commercial cellular providers.
The Skagit County Coroner’s Office, State Department of Labor and Industries, and Mount Vernon Police Department are investigating his death. Detectives have not released his name, his employer’s name or any details about what may have led up to his fall.
Working on radio, television and cellular towers is about ten times as deadly as the average construction job, according to a Frontline episode about cellular tower deaths that aired in May 2012.
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