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Accident: 14414601 - Window Washer Dies When Work Platform Pulled From Building

Accident: 14414601 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 07/29/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10189285908/18/19876531Linclay Corp.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10189283407/31/19877313Southwestern Bell Publications
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10189299007/31/19877349City Window Cleaning Co.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 29, 1987, Employee #1 was suspended in a boatswain's chair, washing windows outside a five-story building. His rappelling rope hung down to the ground, passing in front of a garage door. When a delivery van drove out of the garage, the rope became caught in its rear bumper. The employee's work platform was pulled from the building and he and his rigging fell 50 ft to the ground. Employee #1 suffered a fractured skull; he died at the scene.
Keywords: window washer, skull, rope, fall, bosun chair, work rules, elevated work plat, fracture, caught by, truck
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101892859 Occupation Not Listed
2 101892834 Occupation Not Listed
3 101892990 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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