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Accident: 14447882 - Fall From Water Tower

Accident: 14447882 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 09/18/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1489676509/20/19841721Elevated Tank Service Inc
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS SPRAY PAINTING A WATER TOWER FROM A BOATSWAINS CHAIR AT APPROXIMATELY 116 FT ABOVE THE GROUND. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS NOT WEARING A LIFE LINE AND BELT NOR WAS THE ATTACHMENT HOOK SECURELY FASTENED TO THE STRUCTURE. THE ATTACHMENT HOOK HAD BEEN PLACED ON THE TOP RIDGE OF THE CLIMBING CAGE (WHICH IS NOT A COMPLETE CIRCLE). THE HOOK WORKED IT'S WAY OVER THE EDGE AS THE EMPLOYEE WAS PAINTING AND CAME OFF, RESULTING IN THE EMPLOYEE FALLING TO HIS DEATH. IN THE POLICE REPORT THE EMPLOYER STATED THAT THEY HAD SAFETY ROPES IN THE TRUCK, BUT IT WAS LEFT UP TO THE EMPLOYEES TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO USE THEM. ROPES WERE NOT BEING USED AT THE TIME OF THIS ACCIDENT.
Keywords: attachment hook, bosun chair, water tower, lifeline, safety belt, spray painting, fall, painter, tower
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14896765 Fatality Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance

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