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Marcus Goffena and two other workers fell to their death on Sept. 27 after the scaffolding on a TV tower they were repairing collapsed. The men were reportedly installing a new antenna for WSVN Channel 7 when the incident occurred. The identities of the two other workers have not yet been released.

According to news sources, the accident 2occurred on a transmitter tower at 501 NW 207 St. in Miami Gardens. The 1032-foot tower transmits signals for WPLG and WSVN. The cause of the collapse is not yet known. FCC records show that the tower was built in 2009 and is owned by Miami Tower, LLC.

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Flack’s Painting & Waterproofing, a Pompano Beach, Florida, painting company, faces $89.793 in fines after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) completed an investigation into an employee’s workplace injuries.

OSHA initiated the investigation after an unnamed 48-year-old employee reportedly suffered neck and back injuries due to a fall. The worker was repairing balconies at a high-rise property on Ocean Boulevard and fell 18 feet to the ground when the scaffolding he was working on collapsed.

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tree trimmingAnthony Donahue, who was fatally electrocuted by a power line while trimming a tree in Fort Lauderdale in April this year, was, according to his employer, “responsible for his own actions.” Donahue, 34, reportedly used an aluminum pole saw to trim an 18-foot tall palm tree on Bay View Drive that was too close to a power line.

Ray Carolan, Donahue’s employer and the owner of Monster Tree Service, told news sources that while “it’s a very unfortunate accident,” Donahue was responsible for his own actions as a subcontractor. Carolan claims Donahue was provided with the necessary tools to safely perform his job.

“He was trimming the canopy of a tree with a metal ladder and metal pole saw when he had a fiberglass ladder and fiberglass pole saw ready to rock-and-roll right there . . . I can’t tell you how many times we talked about this in safety meetings.”

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