Knott Laboratory Structural engineers were hired to investigate the sudden collapse of a 1,965-foot television tower in a remote field in Western Nebraska as crews were working to strengthen the structure.
Two workers were killed and three were injured during the collapse. The tower had been the tallest structure in Nebraska and one of the tallest in the world, more than 500 feet taller than the Sears Tower in Chicago and 700 feet taller than the Empire State Building in New York City.
Knott Laboratory deployed two forensic engineers and one technician. They were on site shortly after the collapse to investigate and map the debris field. The team spent one week in the field. The cause of the collapse was also investigated by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.