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Man Falls 180 Feet From Tower

April 19, 1989

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A man dismantling a 180-foot radio tower fell from the top but landed without breaking a bone after grabbing guy wires on the way down, authorities said.

Ivan Glaze, a foreman on a steel crew assigned to take down the tower, slipped Tuesday when hooking up his harness, said Associate State Forester Bill Mercer.

Glaze fell 10 feet to a guy wire and slid down it for about 30 or 40 feet before he lost his hold again, Mercer said.

Witnesses said he fell straight down another 40 feet to a second guy wire.

″He hung onto it and rode it down,″ Mercer said.

″It’s amazing,″ he said. ″If he had to slip, that’s the way to fall.″

Glaze, a Forestry employee, ″was pretty cut up and beat up″ but didn’t break any bones, Mercer said.

Glaze was listed as stable late Tuesday at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

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