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Accident: 201360674 - Telecom Worker Is Killed In Fall From Tree

Accident: 201360674 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 07/21/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30103622407/22/19984841Wireless One

A telecommunications worker had removed a wireless cable television antenna from a tree and was descending the tree using an Arbor-Plex 12.7-millimeter-diameter climbing rope (with a braided polyester outer jacket and a polyolefin fiber core) and a climbing saddle. Friction developed in the taut line hitch knot during his decent melted the polyester guard fibers of the rope, causing the rope to fail. The employee fell 9.2 meters to the ground. He was taken to a hospital, where he died a day later.

Keywords: bosun chair, telecom work, rope, equipment failure, tree, fall, fall protection

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301036224 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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