Man falls to death from cellphone tower

2012-06-05 14:39

Johannesburg - A man died after he fell from a cellular phone network tower on a farm in Boknesstrand near Grahamstown, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

"It is alleged that the deceased was busy with maintenance to a structure on the tower about 25 metres from the ground when the structure broke off, resulting in him plummeting to his death," Captain Mali Govender said.

An ambulance was called to the scene and Reginald Cloete, 25, was declared dead on the scene on Monday.

"[Cloete] is believed to have been part of a team that was working on the project when the tragic incident happened."

Govender said an inquest docket was opened and police were investigating the death.

  • TrueTenacity - 2012-06-05 14:47

    Eina... condolences to all affected...

      Ruan - 2012-06-05 19:51


  • Fredster - 2012-06-05 14:48

    Sorry .. RIP

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-05 14:48

    Safety harness ??

      Stirrer - 2012-06-05 14:54

      Probably had one, attached to the structure. But then the structure broke off, harness and all. Nothing to do but scream on the way down.

      duane.blignault - 2012-06-05 14:55

      harness won't help if the structure breaks

  • Fred - 2012-06-05 15:03

    i worked on these structures for 4 years and they always told use they would never brake look there is the first one..believe me it not nice to be on top off one off them and the wind is blowing ,,,its very sad

  • Loo - 2012-06-05 15:04

    Tragedy :(((

  • mukosit - 2012-06-05 15:05

    Fong-Kong tower.

  • Ntshobs - 2012-06-05 15:08


  • balan.morgen - 2012-06-05 15:12

    @Deteem, the structure broke so no ways the safety harness could prevent him from falling.

  • Sobholenyoni - 2012-06-05 15:34

    The structure was built by a BEE company I am afraid.

  • ferreira.charmaine - 2012-06-05 15:45

    So sad! RIP!

  • wallis.botha - 2012-06-05 15:55

    This was the fault of the site superviser, why according to the OSHACT the 6.1 supervisor that is appointed by the 16.2 project manager must be at all times be on site and if working on heights the team members must be connected on a anchor point above their heads. When working on heights there must trained and competent people onsite to make sure that workers are safe at all times. Fall arrest systems and fall prevention systems must be inplace before any work starts.If they had the correct systems in place this fatality would have been avoided 100%, this would have been then just a normal rescue. I am sorry for the lost but these accidents are becomming more frequint and no one takes responsibility.

  • Marianne - 2012-06-05 15:56

    Die oorledene was in ons diens - die beriggewing is verkeerd - niks het gebreek nie. Ondersoeke is nog aan die gang, die ongeluk het gister middag ongeveer 2nm gebeur. Dink eerder aan die ander 4 werkers wat saam met hom op die toring gewerk het, en kom ons bid dat die trauma behandeling wat hulle tans ontvang 'n verskil sal maak in hul gemoedere. Dit is baie maklik om kommentaar te lewer aangaande 'n insident waarvan jy lees, maar onthou, die insident het ouers en kinders - die persone is hoogs gekwalifiseer, hulle het die nodige sertifiserings om hierdie werk te doen, hul doen dit al lank, en hulle het 'full body harnasses' gedra, alle 'health en safety' regulasies is gevolg toe hul op site aangekom het - mense wat in hierdie 'trade' werk sal verstaan watter protokol gevolg moes word...dit was gevolg, tot die letter.

      wallis.botha - 2012-06-05 16:22

      Ek hoor wat jy se Marianne, ek is al in hoogte beskerming vir jare, en ek se nou dat sulke gevalle kon verhoed gewees het. Hoekom moet daar altyd eers iets gebeur voordat die regte toerusting gebruik word. Dit gebeur elke dag en hierdie geval is die eerste een wat ek oor komentaar lewer.Die sub kontrakteurs is die mense wat al die K A K werk moet doen en die wat verantwoordlik is, is nooit opsite nie??? Kom ons staan saam sodat regverdigheid geskiet.

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-06-05 16:04

    Sympathies to his probably devastated family and may he RIP.

  • wallis.botha - 2012-06-05 16:07

    This must have been prevented, the OSHACT must be complied with when working on heights.The 6.1 spuervisor that was appointed by the 16.2 Manager must have the knowleadge and exsperience when working on heights and using structers for a anchorage devices. The construction reg stipilates that fall arrest and fall prevention must be inplace before work commence!!!. The anchor points must be above your head and to be installed by competent persons, with this you need the anchor point to be tested and certified before using it. A Risk assesment must allso be inplace to identify any hazards and risk, was this in place???.A rescue system must always be onsite and ready to use.If this was inplace and every person had the nesesary training I abselutly sure that this sad accident would have been avoided.I hope that the persons responsibil for not adhearing to the construction reg and OSHACT will be jailed.

  • vincentm.nkosi - 2012-06-05 16:15

    @deeteem a safety harness cant help coz apparently the structure broke down

      WitWolf - 2012-06-07 16:19

      That's why while working at height you should be attached to the tower at two different points with the shock absorber. This is a dangerous environment and risk assessments should be done every day, every site.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-05 16:43

    shame man, so young. where was the safety control?

  • Chris - 2012-06-05 19:15

    Does anyone know for which provider this project was done?

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