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Accident: 14528426 - Fall - Mechanical Failure Of Aerial Lift

Accident: 14528426 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 07/19/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10115668507/20/19884911Mississippi Power & Light Company
A CREW OF ELECTRIC UTILITY EMPLOYEES WAS ERECTING TOWERS FOR A SUBSTATION. TWO OF THE EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING IN A PITMAN 65 HDHA AERIAL TOWER BASKET ABOUT 22 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. A LOUD POP WAS HEARD, AND THE BOOM FELL TO THE GROUND. THE END OF THE MAIN HYDRAULIC CYLINDER HAD STRIPPED OUT, ALLOWING THE BOOM TO FALL. THE TWO EMPLOYEES, WITH THEIR SAFETY STRAPS HOLDING THEM TO THE PLATFORM, FELL TO THE GROUND. ONE OF THE TWO EMPLOYEES WAS JERKED AGAINST THE GUARDRAILS WITH SUCH FORCE THAT HE BLED TO DEATH INTERNALLY WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH FRACTURED LEGS AND A FRACTURED FOOT.
Keywords: fracture, safety belt, hydraulic cylinder, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, aerial lift, foot, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101156685 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 101156685 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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