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Accident: 14520571 - Fall From Utility Pole

Accident: 14520571 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 08/05/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
250526103/13/19863743Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Two electricians had been working at the top of a stepped utility pole to make repairs to a line that was damaged during a storm the night before. The two men had been working on top of the pole making repairs for almost 2 hours before returning to the ground. After the first man got down the pole, the other employee started down the pole. He climbed down to a guy, where he stopped and rested for about 5 minutes. He then started down again, stopping to rest after only making his way down a few more feet. After resting about 2 or 3 minutes more, he again started down the pole by attempting to find the next step which was partially hidden by the cross brace. After missing the step with his foot 2 or 3 times, he fell approximately 32 feet, 3 inches. The only training he had received in pole climbing was during his apprenticeship, which was about 25 years earlier. He had not received any training since that time.
Keywords: electrician, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2505261 Fatality Other Electricians

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