State Investigating Tower Accident; Worker's Condition Improving

The condition of worker who fell some 300 feet off a cell phone tower in Onslow County is improving.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital says Christopher Guy is now in good condition.

On Wednesday the man fell from a Verizon tower on Pony Farm Road. Emergency workers were not sure just how much of that 300 feet was a free fall to the ground.

The state's Occupational Health and Safety Division has opened an investigation into the accident. They say the man worked for Eastern States Tower, LLC of Ohio. The investigation will see if the company violated any safety codes which could have contributed to the accident.

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A worker is being rushed to a trauma center after falling from a cell phone tower.

Onslow County Emergency Management says it happened mid-afternoon at a cell phone tower on Pony Farm Road, that's west of Jacksonville.

The worker dropped approximately 300 feet, but emergency workers were not sure how much of that was a free-fall to the ground.

EastCare was flying the injured worker to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. There is no immediate word on the person's condition.

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  • by Eddie Location: Dover AR on Feb 5, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to him and glad he survived a fall that far. Their are people who have died at less distance. I did cellular & broadcast towers for 15 years, was a boss 10 of those years. God was with me & my crew and never had anyone to get hurt serious enough for a doc. Painting a tower is a lot work, their is a lot of moving around with also hooking & unhooking to stay 100% painting your way down. Wandering if he was a harness or not, OF COURSE HE WAS! We should leave question like that to the investigators. I do like hearing that this guy is not hurt know more than he is and God be with.
  • by Nathan Location: Calhoun Ga on Nov 9, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    I myself have worked in this area.. I am a tower climber and i am familiar with the tower he was on. From what i understand they were painting the tower. Do not speculate that he was not wearing a harness, thats just plain ridiculous, and it's reasonably safe to assume that he was not alone. %100 tie off is hard to do sometimes, and in moving from one section of the tower to others can somewhat limit your tying off. this is usual where your back lanyard is used.. I will not speculate at this time the cause. It may have had to do with equipment used, or while he was transitioning from one section to the other. Painting towers you have to scale all over and can be very difficult and dangerous. Do not speculate until further info is released. My prayers to him and his family. oh and BTW osha standards are " a harness is required on anything above 6' " and these arent plain jane harnesses being used . These are tower specific harnesses that have a load rating of 5,000lb.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Nov 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    Buzz is 10 feet? Cause I thought it was 4 feet. I could be wrong or have old info, haven't needed a harness in like 5 years.
  • by Buzz-(OSHA cert. climber) Location: MillCreek on Nov 7, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    First my heart goes out to this gentleman and his family. Sounds like something went wrong, and I am not passing judgement, but explaining the process: To climb above the ground higer than ten feet you must wear a hearness that is attached to the tower 100 percent of the time. You accomplish this by using 2 straps that clamp to the tower, and you constant are moving these as you go, keeping one attached to the tower as you move up or down. You also have a fall arrest line attached from your harness to the tower that acts somewhat like a bungee cord incase you actually do fall, it lets you drop about 3 feet and then stops your fall. This process is VERY tedious and time consuming, but will save your life. Again Praying for this man and not passing judgement, jsut wanted to let you know the legal process. Buzz-
  • by B Location: G-Vegas on Nov 6, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Perhaps the harness failed causing the fall.... Don't jump to conclusions!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 6, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Stop the speculation and just pray for this mans recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Should not assume he was not wearing the safety harness?!
  • by Wallyj16 Location: Central, NY on Nov 6, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    Was he wearing safety gear? Was he working alone on the tower? North Carolina has safety standards for tower climbers. I'm a disabled former climber myself and I'm collecting injury data if any one knows about workers being injured on towers whether in the air or on the ground. I've become very interested in the stories the news doesn't seem to follow up on. I never fell but the type of work and the hazards involved have changed my life forever. My heart goes out to my brothers who stack steel. Please post your story if you wish. Maybe there's some help down the road for this man and his family.
  • by friend Location: ohio on Nov 6, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    He has this opportunity to turn his life around, due to past struggles. His children need their father. He is very lucky to be alive, he should have never survived this fall. His late mother (rip) Must have been their to catch him. He now has a road of therapy but will have a full recovery.
  • by Thanks Location: ENC on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    Dear Anonymous, thanks for the update. Prayers are going out to him, his family and friends and the doctors who are providing care. I wish WITN would follow this story and give us updates,
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