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Company cited for fatal W.Va. cell tower collapse

July 31, 2014
Associated Press

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials have cited an Oklahoma company for safety violations following the collapse of a pair of cellphone towers in West Virginia that killed three people.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has cited S and S Communication Specialists Inc. for two serious violations stemming from the February 2014 incident in Clarksburg.

Officials say the company was contracted to perform structural modifications to an existing cellular communication tower.

The tower collapse seriously injured two, killed two of the company's employees and a volunteer firefighter.

The company was assessed a $7,000 penalty for each of the two violations. It has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet informally with officials or contest the findings.



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