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Accident: 130523.015 - Employee Is Killed In Fall Inside Communication Tower

Accident: 130523.015 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 10/20/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1498491.01510/20/2020Broadcast Construction Solutions, Llc

At 12:00 p.m. on October 20, 2020, Employee #1, employed by a communication towe r construction company, was inside a 1,500-foot tower and replacing the last of 18 guy wires. He was attempting to position the bridge socket to the end of the guy wire. The employee attached himself to the guy wire socket using a synthet ic rope fed through the overhead block and back down to the guy wire. The guy w ire slipped from the choker and pulled Employee #1 up the tower until the synthe tic rope failed and severed. Employee #1 fell, a fall height of 100 feet. He s truck communication tower structural members and sustained severe trauma to his head and throat. Employee #1 was killed. The subsequent investigation showed t hat the employee's body harness was on, but neither pelican clip showed lanyard deployment.

Keywords: communication tower, construction, elevator, equipment failure, fall, fall protection, inadequate maint, lanyard, repair, rigging, rope, steel, storage tank, struck against
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Alteration or rehabilitation   1500 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1498491.015 33 M Fatality Crane and tower operators FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel

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