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Accident: 14336549 - Window Washer Killed In 21 Ft Fall

Accident: 14336549 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 03/16/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1831490603/17/19897349Shumaker Services, Inc.
Employee #1 took the majority of the day off for personal business. At 3:00 p.m., he picked up the keys to access the roof (25th floor). Between 3:10 and 3:15 p.m., security received a call stating that a hotel guest reported a man on the roof outside a fourth floor room. Employee #1 had a 400 ft rope that should have been tied off at two different points. One line should have been used as a safety line. Employee #1 used only a single rope. Due to improper rigging or a misjudgment of angle, the rope rolled off the carpet padding onto the concrete wall, where the rope was cut and very quickly unraveled. Employee #1 fell 21 floors to his death.
Keywords: window washer, rope, work rules, broken cable, fall, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18314906 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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