A man fell to his death late Tuesday while working on a 105-foot tower in the city of West Liberty in Morgan County, KY, reported WKYT and the Associated Press. Police have identified the climber in Kentucky as 19-year-old West Virginia native Tyler Comer. According to investigators, Comer was attempting to gather his work tools when he slipped and fell to the ground. Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Comer’s Facebook page indicates he was from Sissonville, WV, and that he attended Saint Albans High School. Glenwood, WW-based S & S Tower Services confirmed to Inside Towers that Comer had worked for the tower company for 1.5 years. The tower was being erected for Appalachian Wireless, a network operating company based in Ivel, KY.
This is the fourth climber fatality of the year. The first happened in Iowa in February; the second and third accidents happened in Wadesboro, NC, and Damascus, MD, during the same hour on May 16. North Carolina’s Department of Labor is investigating the Wadesboro fatality while Maryland’s Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOST) is conducting an investigation.