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Accident: 14333876 - Employee Dies In Fall While Window Washing

Accident: 14333876 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 12/15/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10967865612/14/19947349Tony'S Window Cleaning
Employee #1, a window washer, was working from a controlled descent system. The descent system uses removable counterweights to facilitate its movement. After repositioning the support device, the employee failed to install the counterweights. He also failed to utilize a means of anchorage to ensure that the support device could support his weight. He was wearing a safety belt and lifeline, but the lifeline was attached to the same support device as the descent line. As he sat in the boatswain's chair attached to the descent line, he pulled the support device off the roof and plunged to the ground. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: window washer, bosun chair, roof, lifeline, unsecured, work rules, safety belt, descending, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109678656 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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