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Accident: 14456750 - Fall - Collapse Of Transmission Tower

Accident: 14456750 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 06/26/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1518928506/27/19841623Burns & Mcdonnell Engineering
AN INSPECTOR FOR A POWER LINE CONSTRUCTION FIRM WAS IN CHARGE OF QUALITY CONTROL. WHILE HE WAS PLUMBING A TRANSMISSION TOWER, A CRACKING NOISE COULD BE HEARD COMING FROM THE UPPER PART OF THE TOWER. AS PART OF HIS JOB AS AN INSPECTOR, HE MADE THE 60-FOOT CLIMB UP THE TOWER TO INVESTIGATE. THE ATTACHMENT FOR THE SOUTHEAST GUY WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN A 1-INCH UNIT, BUT IT HAD BEEN INSTALLED WITH 1.125-INCH NUTS. CONSEQUENTLY, AS THE TENSION INCREASED, THE UNIT EVENTUALLY SHEARED. THIS OCCURRED WHILE THE EMPLOYEE WAS ON THE TOWER. WHEN THE UNIT SHEARED, THE TOWER ROTATED AND FELL INTO A PARALLEL OVERHEAD POWER LINE. THE EMPLOYEE FELL TO A DIRT ROADWAY BELOW AND WAS KILLED.
Keywords: collapse, guy, elec utility work, fall, transmission tower
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15189285 Fatality Other Construction inspectors

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