Spokane lineman dies after fall from transmission tower

Spokane lineman dies after fall from transmission tower

Spokane lineman dies after fall from transmission tower

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KREM.com

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 2:17 PM

SPOKANE-- A lineman working on a transmission tower near the Idaho-Montana boarder, was killed after falling over one hundred feet Thursday

Officials said around 11 a.m., a Bonneville Power Administration lineman, Matt Karstetter, fell from a transmission tower while working on a spacer replacement project.

All work at the site was suspended after the incident.

There were no other injuries at the scene. An investigation is underway. There are no additional details at this time.

“We are in mourning.  I and many others have a deep sense of loss of a member of our BPA family,” BPA Administrator Steve Wright said.  “Our hearts reach out to Matt’s coworkers, family and friends.”

Karstetter joined BPA in June 2004. He worked on the Kalispell transmission line maintenance crew until graduating from the apprentice program in 2008. Most recently, Matt worked as a journeyman on the Bell transmission line crew in Spokane.
 

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