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Accident: 14468839 - One Killed, One Injured When Clutch Fails And Load Falls

Accident: 14468839 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 12/04/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1783718812/09/19861791Walton Towers Incorporated
Employees #1 and #2 were working on the construction of a microwave tower. They were riding up with a load when the clutch either failed or was not engaged, and the load fell. Employee #1 was killed and Employee #2 was injured. The primary cause of this accident was the employer allowing workers to ride with the loads. In addition, the following defects contributed to the accident: the notches on the clutch locking systems were worn; the clutch pull rod was bent; the dogs in the clutch engaging system were worn; and a wad of grease covered a section of dogs when the clutch was engaged.
Keywords: communication tower, inadequate maint, work rules, clutch, construction, equipment failure, riding on equipment, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17837188 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 17837188 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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