Falling deaths spur safety feature investigation

NEW TOWN Two men died after falling from a radio tower in a rural location about six miles northeast of New Town Monday, according to Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson.

The 911 call, which came in at 11:30 a.m., reported that Nelson Smith, 42, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Zachary Roberts, 25, Lakeland, Ga., fell while installing structural supports at a point 250 feet up on the 300-foot tower.

Both men were wearing hardhats and safety harnasses and the failure of these safety features is being investigated.

The tower is owned by Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative and the two men worked for Monarch Towers, of Sarasota, Fla.

Flint McColgan