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    :: Monday, September 18, 2006 ::

    Rope Failure Indicated in Fatal KHIN Tower Fall - TV Technology
    The investigation into an accident that left three men dead at the base of a 1,500-foot Iowa public television tower in late May turned up safety violations leading to a $3,000 fine.

    Leo Deters, 57, of Norwalk, Iowa; 27-year-old Jason Galles of Des Moines and 19-year-old Jon McWilliams of Cumming, Iowa died while riding a headache ball up the tower to change light bulbs. When the load line supporting the headache ball failed, the men plunged nearly 1,200 feet to the ground. Industry sources have said it's not unusual for crew members to ride the headache ball, a weight used to counterbalance the load line.
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