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Worker rescued after losing grip 125 feet up Norcross cell tower

Gwinnett County firefighters rescued a cell tower worker Monday night after he lost his grip more than 100 feet in the air. (Special photo)

Gwinnett County firefighters rescued a cell tower worker Monday night after he lost his grip more than 100 feet in the air. (Special photo)

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Gwinnett County firefighters rescued a cell tower worker Monday night after he lost his grip more than 100 feet in the air. (Special photo)

NORCROSS — Gwinnett County firefighters rescued a cell tower worker Monday night after he lost his grip more than 100 feet above the ground.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the cell tower at 2101 Norcross Parkway in Norcross at about 9:50 p.m. Monday. Upon arriving, they found the injured worker suspended by cables about two-thirds up the 150-foot structure.

“He reportedly lost his grip on a climbing peg approximately 125 feet up the tower,” fire department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. “He was saved by his cable grab system, which stopped his fall of approximately 15 (to) 20 feet. He struck the tower and was suspended unconscious by his personal rope.”

The worker, whose identity was not released, eventually regained consciousness and was able to lower himself to an elevated platform. Colleagues called 911.

After a ladder truck was unsuccessful in reaching the victim, members of the fire department’s technical rescue team scaled about 100 feet of tower to “gain access to the man and perform an initial patient assessment,” Rutledge said.

The worker was then safely lowered using a harness system and transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries. Rutledge said he complained of a shoulder injury.