Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Workers killed in fall ID’d

July 12, 2007


Sheriff's Dept. identifies fallen tower workers

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department releases the names of the two people killed yesterday after falling from a cell phone tower in rural Douglas County. Enlarge video

Douglas County officials Wednesday released the identities of the two men who fell to their death from a communications tower in rural Douglas County the day before.

Jerry Case, 54, of Kansas City, Mo., and Kevin Keeling, 33, of Independence, Mo., fell 500 to 800 feet from a tower at East 1750 and North 1100 roads. They were installing an antenna Tuesday morning as part of Sprint Nextel Corp.'s bandwidth conversion of its Nextel network. Both men were employed by Structural Inspections Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the men were being lifted in a bucket when a cable failed. The bucket was suspended on a line at a 45-degree angle to the ground.

Lt. Kari Wempe, sheriff's department spokeswoman, said it would be several days before the accident's cause could be determined.


Richard Heckler 10 years, 11 months ago

Law suits or what?

Too bad for the families.

Inursu 10 years, 11 months ago

I grew up with Kevin, this is a very sad time for those who knew him. He was a father, son, uncle, brother, and friend to many. Please keep his family in prayer, particularly his young children.

Dixie Jones 10 years, 11 months ago

all of our prayers to both families and all the friends may god comfort you in your time of need. god bless

Centrist 10 years, 11 months ago

Horrible, absolutely horrible. I hope the families of these two men can find some solace.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 11 months ago

I'm sorry our county was the site of your tragedy, and i hope that their death might result in greater safety for others doing this kind of work. there are still dangerous occupations, and we must remember that when we say good bye and send some one off it can be the last time.

reminded of the australian poem "not gone!" God be with the families and comfort them.

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