Cell tower victim's Sister speaks on accountability
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 03:05:10 GMT —
The sister of a man who lost his life after he fell from a cell phone tower is talking about the dangers of his job and who should be held accountable.
John Dailey passed away on August 12th of this year in North Carolina.
His sister, Tabetha DuPriest, says he fell 200 feet from a cell phone tower. When the family found out about his passing, they went through every emotion that a grieving family would.
"Most importantly it brought more awareness to our family of what all he did do and the dangers of the job," said Tabetha DuPriest.
In 2013 alone, there have been at least a dozen tower fall deaths in the nation.
The "Tower Dogs" as they are called put their lives on the line and Tabetha says every time there's an upgrade, it's the cell phone companies who reap the benefits without being held accountable.
"You can see the spike in the deaths and what we're finding out is it's due to the cellular carriers putting these rigorous deadlines on the climbers wanting to get the job done faster," said Tabetha DuPriest.
She's joined with the Hubble Foundation in a letter writing campaign to gain the attention of the major cell phone companies.
"We just want the carriers to be more aware that safety doesn't stop once they subcontract that work out and their accountability shouldn't stop," said Bridgette Hester, Founder of the Hubble Foundation.
The organization provides assistance to the families of those who passed away because of a tower fall.
Those with the Hubble Foundation say it's up to the climber, the contractor and the cell phone company to promote safety.
"'I want the carrier companies to come down and see, I want them to be more aware and maybe instead of worrying about the almighty dollar, lets worry about someone's safety and lives," said Tabetha DuPriest.
DuPriest says she will continue in her mission to spread awareness and if there is one life saved then her brother's death and her work is not in vain.