MOBILE PHONE TOWER FAIL: Material fell from Optus antenna

UPDATE 10.45AM:

A VODAFONE spokesperson has revealed an 'interesting development' which was discovered as part of their investigations into the a mobile phone tower incident causing traffic chaos at Springfield.

Yesterday about 4pm part of a mobile phone tower came off and fell onto Sinnathamby Blvd.

Acting mayor Paul Tully said it's lucky 'no one was killed' in the incident.

Major traffic delays are continuing this morning after the piece of shrouding fell from the top of a 10-storey building at Springfield Central.

Initially believed to be a Vodafone tower, the service provider has now revealed the piece that fell was from an Optus tower located on the same building.

However it remains a Vodafone responsibility.

"Optus, Telstra and Vodafone are all there on top of the same building," a Vodafone spokesperson said.

"Even though the shrouding was covering Optus antenna under our agreement joint venture agreement with Optus we are responsible for the equipment.

"Our crews are there now investigating the matter."

Road closures are still in affect.

The QT has also contacted Optus for comment.

UPDATE 10.15AM:

WINDS were nowhere near dangerous speeds when part of a mobile phone tower fell off a building in Springfield, Bureau of Metrology figures reveal.

A BoM forecaster told the QT this morning that Amberley only recorded maximum wind speeds of 42kmh.

"The strongest speeds at Amberley were at 10.41am yesterday," he said.

BoM say at 4pm wind speeds closer to Springfield, at Archerfield, averaged around 30-40kmh at the time of the incident.

"At 4pm wind speeds were gusting up to 50kmh at Archerfield," the forecaster said.

To put that in perspective winds need to reach 90kmh in inland areas to be classed as severe.

"At 90kmh we put out a severe weather warning for potentially damaging winds," the forecaster said.

"So 90kmh is termed as damaging winds."

The forecaster said wind speeds at Brisbane Airport got to 76kmh yesterday, which is not classed as damaging winds.

UPDATE 8AM:

VODAFONE have responded to yesterday's shocking incident where strong winds caused part of a mobile phone tower to fall from a 10-storey building in Springfield.

A Vodafone spokesperson spoke with the QT and said it was not the whole tower, but a part of the cover around the mobile tower, which collapsed.

"Around a tower there is shrouding and it's basically is designed to make it more visually appealing and is like a housing for the tower," the spokesperson said.

"It wasn't the whole tower (that fell), it was a door of the shrouding.

"There were no injuries and we are investigating how this all came about."

The spokesperson said today's priority would be to make the scene safe and figure out what happened.

"There is no impact to coverage," they continued.

"Today crews are on site and they are making the site safe. In terms of the repair work, they'll have to do an assessment of what's gone wrong first so the timeline on repairs is unknown on that.

"When we do the repair work we expect very little impact on coverage, it will be minimal to none in that area."

Vodafone will investigate the incident.

"All of our sites are built to standard and maintained so we'll be doing some thorough investigations," the spokesperson said.

"It was a very unusual event."

Meanwhile traffic delays are rife in the 500m stretch of Sinnathamby Blvd affected by the incident.

Acting mayor Paul Tully said it was lucky the incident, which police say occurred about 4pm, caused no serious injuries.

Ipswich acting mayor Paul Tully inspected the scene early this morning and said it was lucky no one was killed.

"This requires a full investigation how a large tower can just fall off the top of a building," he said.

"I have asked for council officers to urgently investigate the accident."

INITIAL:

MAJOR traffic delays are continuing this morning following the collapse of a mobile phone tower from the top of a 10-storey building at Springfield Central.

The tower fell onto Sinnathamby Blvd late yesterday causing major traffic disruptions overnight and today with the road blocked in both directions.

Queensland Police say the incident occurred shortly after 4pm.

Ipswich acting mayor Paul Tully inspected the scene early this morning and said it was lucky no one was killed.

"This requires a full investigation how a large tower can just fall off the top of a building," he said.

"I have asked for council officers to urgently investigate the accident.

"I understand the building approval for the tower was given by a private certifier."

The acting mayor said the dangerous incident should trigger an audit of all mobile phone towers on top of building or structures in Australia.

"This is a bizarre incident but it raises the question as to how safe other mobile phone towers are on the top of buildings around Australia," Cr Tully said.

At this stage both police and Ipswich Council believe yesterday's strong winds caused the tower to fall.

"They weren't particularly high winds yesterday and if they can't stand that, that's a concern," Cr Tully said.

"It could be several months before the tower is reinstated that raises questions of disruptions for those service users around the centrally-located tower."



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