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Accident: 14479620 - Employee Falls From Boatswain'S Chair

Accident: 14479620 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 05/27/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11959513005/27/19947349Extra Clean, Incorporated

Employee #1, of Extra Clean, Inc., a window cleaning company, was cleaning a third story window. He was positioning himself on a two foot ledge from a boatswain's chair with a Sky Genie descent control device (manufactured by Descent Control Inc., of Fort Smith, AR) and a lifeline, which was affixed, with the chair support ropes, by a knot to the leg of an air conditioning unit on the roof. The employee fell more than 24 ft from the ledge to the ground. Employee #1 sustained bruises and contusions. The manual descent control device requires the constant application of pressure to control the speed of the descent. The fall eliminated the pressure on the control device, causing a rapid descent. Employee #1 was wearing a lower body harness and a locking device for the attached lifeline. The lifeline appeared to have broken.

Keywords: window washer, bosun chair, lifeline, cleaning, equipment failure, fall, contusion

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119595130 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors, cleaning and building service workers

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