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Accident: 14236863 - Construction Employee Fell 15 Feet Off Steep Cliffside

Accident: 14236863 -- Report ID: 0953210 -- Event Date: 05/28/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10460783306/10/19871629Granite Construction Co
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ROCK SCALING ON THE SIDE OF A STEEP (50 DEGREE GRADE) CLIFF. HE WAS WEARING A SAFETY BELT, LANDYARD, AND A HARD HAT. A SECOND EMPLOYEE WORKING ABOVE EMPLOYEE #1 STATED THAT HE HEARD HIM FALLING. THE SECOND EMPLOYEE YELLED, TURNED AROUND, AND OBSERVED EMPLOYEE #1 FALLING TO THE GROUND, APPROXIMATELY 15 FEET BELOW. THE SECOND EMPLOYEE ALSO SAID THAT HE SAW A ROCK ROLLING DOWN THE SLOPE IN FRONT OF EMPLOYEE #1. THE FOREMAN AT THE SITE STATED HE HEARD THE SECOND EMPLOYEE YELL. HE THEN TURNED AND SAW EMPLOYEE #1 FALLING TO THE GROUND. THE FOREMAN, HOWEVER, DID NOT SEE ANY ROCKS FALLING IN FRONT OF EMPLOYEE #1. THE FOREMAN AND THE SECOND EMPLOYEE BOTH STATED THEY DIDN'T KNOWN WHY EMPLOYEE #1 HAD NOT TIED OFF TO THE SAFETY LINE WHICH HAD BEEN PROVIDED. THEY WERE ALSO UNAWARE WHETHER EMPLOYEE #1'S INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY BEING STRUCK BY A FALLING ROCK OR AS A RESULT OF THE FALL.
Keywords: head, work rules, construction, steep grade, fall, fall protection, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104607833 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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