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Sep 29 2007

Memorial fund for tower climber


According to the Society of Broadcast Engineers’ website, a memorial fund has been set up for the family of Dan Plants Sr., the tower-climber killed Monday in a fall from one of the WGBN (1150) towers near New Kensington. Donations may be made to:

Daniel W. Plants Sr. Memorial Fund

c/o Wesbanco

P.O. Box 2088

Wheeling, WV 26003

An obituary in the Wheeling News-Register notes that Plants, owner of Daniel Plants Tower Maintenance in Triadelphia, invented the “Wizbang,” a climbing device to pull crews and material up the sides of radio towers. He is survived by his wife, Caroline, three sons, and several brothers and sisters.

Radio World notes that Plants’ death is under investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.