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Accident: 170007850 - Employee Killed In Fall When Utility Pole Broke

Accident: 170007850 -- Report ID: 1055360 -- Event Date: 04/10/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30414074204/10/20014911Okanogan Pud
An employee was climbing an old utility pole and removing communication service drops to houses. He had climbed the pole to a height of about 6.4 meters above the ground. (His feet were approximately 4 meters above the ground.) The pole broke off at ground level when he removed the coaxial cable service drops. The pole fell and crushed the chest of the employee when it landed in the street. The employee died from his injuries. He had not tested the pole before climbing it.
Keywords: telecom work, communication cable, overloaded, equipment failure, fall, utility pole, communication worker
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304140742 Fatality Other Telephone line installers and repairers

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