Worker Falls To Death From Cell Phone Tower In Washington County

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports that an investigation was launched after a worker fell to their death while working on a cellular phone tower last month.

The incident occurred on May 9, when Hanover Emergency Medical Services responded to 2701 20th Road. Following that, coroner Dr. David Hodgson arrived and pronounced the victim deceased.

McNeal Professional Services received all of the safety equipment, which includes ropes, harnesses and helmet. Photographs of this equipment was also sent to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for analysis as well.

No foul play is indicated, nor is any criminal activity, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, indicating the accident was equipment related. The name of the victim hasn’t been released.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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