Man was fixing ham radio tower before fatal fall – Leader-Telegram: Front Page


By Chris Vetter Chippewa Falls News Bureau

CHIPPEWA FALLS — James Linstedt was familiar with repairing ham radio towers, having worked on the structures that make receiving and sending signals possible for at least the past decade, authorities and people who knew him said.

But that experience didn’t prevent Linstedt, of Eau Claire, from falling about 95 feet to his death from a tower Tuesday in the town of Eagle Point, north of Chippewa Falls, authorities said. He was 59.

Linstedt was working on a 100-foot-tall tower at 8121 163rd St. when he fell.

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Linstedt’s death is a sad reminder that people must use their safety equipment at all times.

“When we use it for years, we get a little lax about using the equipment,” Kowalczyk said. “It’s safety equipment for a reason. If he had used it, we wouldn’t be investigating an accidental death.”

Kowalczyk said it appears Linstedt used the over-the-shoulder harness while on the 100-foot-tall tower, but as he moved around and climbed, he may not have properly strapped himself in at all times while on the tower.

“He did strap in, but he moved 10 feet up,” Kowalczyk said. “Clearly, he was not safely strapped up.”

The Chippewa County sheriff’s office received a call at 6:08 p.m. Tuesday about Linstedt’s fall. The witness requested deputies and an ambulance be sent to the scene.

Vetter can be reached at 715-723-0303 or at chris.vetter@ecpc.com.

via Man was fixing ham radio tower before fatal fall – Leader-Telegram: Front Page.

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A cautionary tale for all of us from the “Leader-Telegram” of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Comments from local police say it all, “he may not have properly strapped himself in at all times while on the tower.”  In my days in the commercial broadcast business, I climbed enough towers to last a lifetime.  I gave up that chore years ago, opting for safer and easier maintained antennas.  It’s just a matter of time before “your number is up.”

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Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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