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COLORADO'S FALLEN WORKERS

These are a few of the men and women that went to work in Colorado and were fatally injured never going home to their families at the end of their shift. We remember, honor and recognize these men and women for their dedication and hardwork. We would like to sincerely thank the families that shared their loved one's picture and their tragic loss with USMWF.

peopleStephan Ballasch, 35

Stephan was killed on the job in February 2005 while working for Viaero Wireless in Sterling, Colorado. He died after he fell 180 feet from a tower.

Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $115,500.00 penalty for one serious and two willful violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $125,000.00 for three serious violations. This inspection is closed.

Inspection: 307528489 - Ne Colorado Cellular Inc. dba Viaero Wireless.

This photo was sent by his mother Lori Ballasch.

---- Stephan Ballasch (of Yuba City, CA) passed away Stephan Ballasch had been transitioning on an antenna mounting frame when a faulty snap hook on his lanyard failed. OSHA inspected the equipment and identified the safety lanyard as being faulty, stating that "…the employer did not ensure that positioning device systems were inspected prior to each use for wear, damage, and other deterioration, and that defective components were removed from service. Stephan was a loving father, husband, and son, and is terribly missed by his family.

~ 4/6/1969 - 02/25/2005 ~