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Accident Summary Nr: 200372696 - Employee Died After Falling From Ladder

Accident Summary Nr: 200372696 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 10/23/2002
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
30027377810/28/20021731238210Bryson Electrical Co

Abstract: On October 23, 2002, Employee #1 was helping the company's president cut a tree at the home office. The President had cut several limbs from the tree with a chainsaw. Employee #1 wanted to cut some of the limbs so that the president could take a break. Employee #1 climbed a ladder approximately 17 ft high. A coworker stood at the base of ladder to hold it steady. Employee #1 began cutting large limbs from tree, the limbs fell end first, swung back and struck the ladder. The coworker at the ladder base jumped out of the way. When the limb hit the ladder, the ladder became displaced causing Employee #1 to fall to the ground. The employee struck his head on a timber causing head injuries. Employee #1 died 2 days later at the hospital.

Keywords: tree limb, chain saw, ladder, tree, fall, struck by
Accident Details
End Use Project Type Project Cost Stories Non-building Height Fatality
Highway, road, street Other Under $50,000 17 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation Construction
1 300273778 Fatality Other Electricians' apprentices Distance of Fall: feet
Worker Height Above Ground/Floor: 17 feet
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
Fatality Cause: Fall from/with ladder

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