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Worker Dies In Fall From Cell Phone Tower When Antenna Breaks

Posted February 25, 2005 10:09 a.m. EST

— A worker died after he fell about 100 feet from a cell phone tower in Wilson County early Friday morning.

Authorities said Paul Regan was working on a cell phone tower for Excel Tower Service of Wilson when he fell.

Regan, 24, of the Roxboro area, was working with another man to make repairs on the tower when Regan hooked his cable belt to an antenna that snapped, causing him to fall.

The standard procedure is for workers to attach their cables to the tower itself, not to antennas, officials said.

Regan's co-worker saw the fall and called 911. The accident was at 5816 Lamm Road in Wilson County.