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Accident: 14386114 - Employee Killed In Fall When Bosun Chair Rope Breaks

Accident: 14386114 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 05/16/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10016088605/16/19867349Lvs Window Cleaning
At approximately 8:20 a.m. on May 16, 1986, Employee #1 was working from a bosun chair, cleaning windows on the south tower of the Americana Congress Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The rope supporting the bosun chair broke apart approximately 3 feet from the roof anchoring point. Employee #1 fell from approximately the 10th floor to a 3rd floor courtyard roof area, a distance of 60 to 70 feet. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:20 a.m. The employee had not been equipped with a safety belt attached to a lifeline, which would have prevented such a fall.
Keywords: bosun chair, lifeline, rope, work rules, safety belt, equipment failure, fall, fall protection, elevated work plat
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100160886 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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