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Accident: 200672137 - Window Washer Killed In Fall When Rope Breaks

Accident: 200672137 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 10/27/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30188974710/27/19997349Mccloskey Window Cleaning, Inc.

Employee #1, a window washer, was working on a high-rise condominium building when the rope holding his SMC rappel rack descending device broke. He fell 18 stories and was killed. The KM3 braided mountain climbing rope apparently chaffed where it passed through a penthouse balcony and it was not padded to prevent excessive wear. In addition, Employee #1 did not have his rope grab attached to his safety line. The employer had a written safety and health program, but no job site safety supervision.

Keywords: window washer, lifeline, inadequate maint, ppe, rope, work rules, fall, fall protection

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301889747 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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