Man Dies While Working on KOCO-TV Tower

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KOCO-TVTOWEROklahoma City, OK TV affiliate KOCO confirms that “a man died Wednesday (October 21) while working on KOCO’s transmission tower.” A posting on the broadcaster’s website said “the independent contractor was performing a routine inspection at the time. KOCO is working with authorities as they continue their investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

News Director Rebecca Gaylord told Inside Towers she had no additional information and could not confirm the man’s name but unconfirmed reports identified him as Ernest “Ernie” Jones, described as an “industry icon” who helped form and advance structural and safety standards. The actual event that lead to his death was described as “an elevator-related accident.”

A posting on the KOCO Facebook page late Wednesday by Lacie Lowery “ Prayers this man is okay. An engineer for KOCO is passed out in the elevator 1300 feet up their tv transmission tower on Britton Rd in OKC.”

Jones was president of Consolidated Engineering in Lynnville, IN. He was a member of the TR14-7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Assocaition since 1986.  The committee writes and approves the technical standards which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

Jones was reportedly actively involved with engineering activities and planning at the National Association of Broadcasters.

Inside Towers’ calls to Consolidated Engineering were not returned Thursday night. Please subscribe to our daily newsletter insidetowers.com for a follow up story Monday morning.

October 23, 2015 |
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