A Mississippi man plunged 100 feet to his death while working on the Fulton Street water tower in Dadeville on Saturday morning, police said.
Danny Keith Coleman, 61, of Water Valley, Mississippi, was a crew member with Tank Pro of Northport, performing periodic maintenance on the water tower and was killed on impact in the incident at approximately 9:05 a.m., Dadeville police chief David Barbour said.
Dadeville police Lt. Scott Fuller said Coleman was suspended in a one-man cage when he fell.
“The whole cage came down,” Barbour said. “They were repainting the tank.”
Coleman was taken to Lake Martin Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Barbour said.
Two other crew members were with Coleman when he fell. Work has stopped on the water tower while the incident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Barbour said.
“At this time the incident is listed as a tragic accident,” Barbour said.
Tank Pro vice president Robert Anderson did not return a phone message asking for comment as of Tuesday afternoon.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith said.