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Accident: 201923216 - Employee Washing Windows Falls Ten Stories And Is Killed

Accident: 201923216 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 07/15/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30648152407/15/20047349Roberto'S Window Washing

On July 15, 2004, an employee was washing windows on a 10-story building from a boatswain's chair. The support cable and fall arrest system were attached to the same rope. The rope was divided in half and was attached in two spots from the anchorage on the flat rooftop. One-half was used for the boatswains chair and the other half was used for the fall arrest system. One of the tie-offs came loose which resulted in the employee, the boatswain's chair, and the entire length of rope to fall 10 stories. The employee was killed.

Keywords: window washer, bosun chair, rope, cleaning, fall, fall protection, tie-off

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306481524 Fatality Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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