High School Football
10:00am: Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval

Company cited for February tower collapse in Harrison County

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — An Oklahoma company has been cited for two safety violations following the deaths of three people who were killed when a cell tower collapsed in Harrison County in February.

On Thursday, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines for S&S Communications Specialists totaling $14,000 — the maximum amount possible — for two serious safety violations.

Several contract workers with S&S were replacing diagonal supports on a 300-foot tall tower located on Murphy’s Run Road in the Summit Park area of Clarksburg on Feb. 1 when that tower fell.

Emergency workers were called to scene.

The collapse of the first tower put stress on a guy wire that weakened a second smaller tower that also collapsed.

Two workers on the first tower were killed — Kyle Kirkpatrick, 32, from Hulbert, Okla., and Terry Lee Richard, Jr., 27, Bokoshe, Okla. A Nutter Fort firefighter, Michael Dale Garrett, 28, of Clarksburg was killed when the smaller tower fell as emergency crews made a rescue attempt.

Three others were injured.

S&S Communications Specialists is based in Hulbert, Okla.

The company has 15 days to respond to the OSHA citations.

More News

MetroNews This Morning 10-30-20
October 30, 2020 - 6:37 am
Georgia man sentenced for drug charges, Fairmont woman's death
A jury in January found Terrick Robinson guilty of multiple charges related to drug trafficking and the August 2019 death of Courtney Dubois.
October 29, 2020 - 10:42 pm
Tamarack closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19
Tamarack is north of Beckley and can be accessed from exits 44 and 45 on Interstates 64/77.
October 29, 2020 - 10:10 pm
Fauci speaks to West Virginia health institute about coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provided information about the costs of the pandemic.
October 29, 2020 - 6:31 pm

Your Comments