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Georgia man dies in fall from cell tower near Coats

Posted August 12, 2013
Updated August 13, 2013

— A man died Monday after falling from a cell tower in Harnett County, authorities said. 

John Dailey, 49, of Silvester, Ga., and another man were working on the tower around 5:30 p.m. when Dailey lost his balance and fell about 200 feet. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The men are employees of Transmit PM LLC, of Duxbury, Mass. 

cell tower Man dies in 200-foot fall from cell tower

Harnesses were found near the tower, in the 1200 block of N.C. Highway 55 near Coats, but investigators haven't said whether Dailey was using one.


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  • this is fdup Aug 14, 2013

    Same thing happened in Wake Forest a few years back. 200 foot fall is not something you walk away from.

  • Riddickfield Aug 13, 2013

    Sounds like he was a bit too cowboy and didn't wear his safety gear. These guys do this so much they just figure they will never lose their grip and fall after a while. Never needed it in the past, so why bother. That's when things like this happen.

  • robertwillis13 Aug 13, 2013

    i read a version of this story last night and it specifically mentioned that they were not wearing the safety equipment BUT that it was available on the job site.

  • yotaman400ex Aug 13, 2013

    I don't know anyone that would climb to the top of that thing without wearing safety equipment. I wonder if something broke.

  • werrewolfwoman Aug 13, 2013

    If he was wearing OSHA approved fall protection, something went terribly wrong. My prayers are with his family for their loss at this difficult time.

  • munkeegrl01 Aug 13, 2013

    I thought it was unclear whether he was wearing safety equipment or not. Either way, what happened is terrible. Prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers.

  • gunmonkey Aug 13, 2013

    You have to wear your safety equipment. Because when you need it, it's too late.

  • Goalieman Aug 13, 2013

    Prayers are with his family. What a dangerous job!!