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Two Men Die in Fall From Cell Tower Due to Catastrophic Equipment Failure

2 men die in fall from Miss. cell tower


Two men working for a Baton Rouge cellphone company died Tuesday after falling from a cell tower in Copiah County in Mississippi, the county’s sheriff said.


Sheriff Harold Jones said the tower sits near Miss. 27 and Miss. 28 in Georgetown, Miss., a small community about 30 miles south of Jackson.


Deputies are not sure exactly how far the men fell, but the tower is at least 300 feet tall, Jones said.


Deputies have identified the men but are waiting to notify next of kin before publicly releasing their names, Jones said.


Jones said he wasn’t quite sure of the name of the company the men worked for but believed it was Byrd’s Cell Phone.


The two men were trying to raise new antennae up to the top of the tower at 2:30 p.m., Jones said.


The tower was operational, and the workers were just adding some sort of extension to make the tower taller, Jones said.


As the men tried to install a hoisting device to raise the boom, some sort of cable broke, causing the men to fall to their deaths, Jones said.


"Something catastrophically broke,” Jones said.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials also are investigating the accident, Jones said.


Verizon Wireless signs sit at the base of the tower, Jones said. Deputies are not sure if Verizon owns or leases the tower.


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Source: The Advocate