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Accident: 14549893 - Employee Injured In Fall When Bosun'S Chair Workline Fails

Accident: 14549893 -- Report ID: 0454715 -- Event Date: 10/02/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1518158910/04/19841541Commercial Coatings Inc
Employee #1 was sandblasting the surface of a 500,000 gallon water tank from a boatswain's chair. He was holding onto the nozzle of the rubber sandblasting hose, which was tied to the guardrail when the workline attached to the rolling block, which held the boatswain's chair, became unfastened. Employee #1 fell approximately 6 ft, struck the middle of his back against the guardrail of a catwalk, and went flying over the rail. The hose stretched and stopped his fall about 40 ft from the ground, then broke. Employee #1 clutched a grabline and rode it to the ground, striking the ground with his side.
Keywords: bosun chair, unsecured, work rules, struck against, construction, equipment failure, fall, fall protection, sandblasting
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15181589 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; painters, paperhangers and plasterers

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