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Accident: 14541759 - Fall Inside Of Radio Tower

Accident: 14541759 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 08/22/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
117294908/23/19841623Tower King Inc
THE BASIC STRUCTURE OF THE TOWER HAD BEEN WAS COMPLETED. THE IRONWORKERS WERE INSTALLING HARDWARE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. ELEVATOR CABLES (WIRE ROPE) HAD BEEN INSTALLED BUT NOT YET ATTACHED. THE CABLES HUNG OVER SHEAVES AT THE TOP OF THE TOWER AND WERE HANGING LOOSE INSIDE THE TOWER. EMPLOYEE #1 GRABBED ONTO THE CABLES, WHICH STARTED RUNNING OVER THE SHEAVES. SINCE THE CABLES WERE NOT ATTACHED TO ANYTHING, HIS WEIGHT OVER-BALANCED ONE SIDE OF THE CABLE RUN, AND THE EMPLOYEE FELL APPROXIMATELY 1500 FEET. THE CABLE FELL ON TOP OF HIM. HIS BODY WAS DISMEMBERED AND LACERATED EXTENSIVELY.
Keywords: communication tower, iron worker, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1172949 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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