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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 305266199 - C.W. Wright Construction Company Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 4


Inspection Nr: 305266199
Report ID: 0355114
Date Opened: 06/04/2002

Site Address:
C.W. Wright Construction Company Inc
Rt. #7100 & The Intersection Of Sunset Hills Rd.
Reston, VA 20190

Mailing Address:
11500 Ironbridge Road, Chester, VA 23831

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/05/2002

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction


Case Closed: 07/06/2006

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362637183
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $70,000 $0 $0 $0 $70,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $35,000 $35,000
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Unclass 510001 A 12/02/2002 12/05/2002 $35,000 $70,000 $0 12/11/2002 1 - State Lower Court  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 901868
Event: 06/04/2002
Fall - Aerial Lift Failure

Two power line workers (Employees #1 and #2) were in a 45.7-meter Condor aerial lift transferring insulated conductors and replacing horizontal support arms on 38.1-meter-tall steel towers supporting a 230-kilovolt overhead power line along a 37-kilometer right-of-way. Another crew, working from a similar aerial lift, was assisting the employees. The employees were using full body harnesses connected by lanyards to the aerial lift platform. Both platforms were about 24 meters above the ground so that the employees could work on the insulator and lower support arm, which were located on the west side of a tower. As employees #1 and #2 started to elevate and extend their platform, a pop was heard, originating from where the upper jib was attached to the vertical frame of the main boom assembly. The upper jib boom and the platform, with the two employees still tied off, fell to the ground. The two employees were taken to a hospital, where employee #1 was pronounced dead on arrival. Employee #2 was airlifted to a shock-trauma center, where he died of his injuries 6 days after the accident.

Keywords:boom, equipment failure, elec utility work, fall, aerial lift

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305266199 Fatality Concussion Electrical power installers and repairers
2 305266199 Fatality Concussion Electrical power installers and repairers
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