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Accident: 170084206 - Employee Dies In Fall From Radio Tower Under Construction

Accident: 170084206 -- Report ID: 0625400 -- Event Date: 04/26/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12358726304/27/19951623Gritz Tower Services
On April 26,1995, Employee #1 was assisting two other employees and a hoist operator in erecting a radio tower. He was riding on a gin pole that was being lifted 20 feet above the tower under construction. The gin pole had been raised 2 to 3 feet when the wire rope supporting it broke. The Employee #1 and the gin pole fell approximately 400 feet to the ground. Employee #1 was apparently tied off to the gin pole; however, his lanyard broke when he struck a stairmount in the fall. He died.
Keywords: gin pole, communication tower, telecom work, wire rope, work rules, struck against, broken cable, equipment failure, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123587263 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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