|Re: Industrial Accident Death|
|Monday, 21 February 2011 10:30|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Re: Industrial Accident Death
On February 20, 2011, at approximately 3:06 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 744 block of NW 144 Trail, Okeechobee Florida, in reference to a person falling off a radio tower.
Upon arrival, it was discovered that workers, employed by Davis Specialites, Waycross, Georgia, were on a radio tower installing antenna wires. The company was contracted by South Florida Water Management to install the tower wires that operate the locks along the river.
The victim, along with another co-worker, were installing the wires on the tower at a height of approximately 110’-120’, when for unknown reasons, the victim fell to his death.
The victim has been identified as Michael Anthony Scott, DOB: 12/19/67, of Hazlehurst, Georgia. The next of kin has been notified.
This case is also under investigation by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration(OSHA). OSHA will be completing their own investigation on the job site and determine if all precautionary measures were in place at the time of the accident.
The victim’s safety harness appeared to be intact, however the exact cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
This case will remain under investigation. No other information to release at this time.
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer