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Accident: 14336143 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Fall From Scaffold

Accident: 14336143 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 10/19/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10282996710/19/19887349International Building Services, Inc.
At approximately 11:45 a.m. on September 19, 1988, Employees #1 and #2 were cleaning windows on an office building. They were going up on their third drop of the day when the right side suspension wire rope on a two point suspension scaffold broke. Employee #2 had been tied off to a lifeline and was rescued by the fire department. He sustained numerous bruises and abrasions on his right leg, stomach, and back. Employee #1 was wearing his safety belt but was not tied off to his lifeline; he fell about 50 feet to the concrete sidewalk. He suffered a fractured skull and died. The weather was clear and warm. This information was taken from the police report, the medical examiner's report, and witness interviews.
Keywords: window washer, fracture, wire rope, work rules, broken cable, equipment failure, two pt susp scaffold, skull, fall, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102829967 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
2 102829967 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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