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Accident: 170252852 - Employee Killed In Fall From Utility Pole

Accident: 170252852 -- Report ID: 1055360 -- Event Date: 07/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11152999607/15/19911623Hawkeye Construction Inc
Employee #1 was working at a height of approximately 30 ft on a new wooden utility pole. The pole did not have energized lines, nor was Employee #1 working near any adjacent lines. He was framing the pole for use, and had released his safety strap to descend around the attachment when he slipped and lost his balance. Employee #1 tried to regain his balance by setting his right climber, but the gaff of the climber went into a crack in the pole and gave way. He fell to the street, striking his head against the curb. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: head, slip, construction, descending, skull, fall, lost balance, utility pole, cutout--gaff
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111529996 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

Accident: 14422471 - Employee Killed In Fall From Wooden Power Line Pole

Accident: 14422471 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 04/16/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10315731904/17/19901623Capital Electric Line Builders, Inc.
Employee #1, a journeyman electrical lineman, was climbing a wooden power line pole to replace the insulators. Apparently one of the gaffs cut out on his climbers and he fell approximately 35 ft to the ground. He sustained head and chest injuries, from which he died.
Keywords: chest, head, maintenance, power line worker, construction, equipment failure, fall, cutout--gaff
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103157319 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

Accident: 14412209 - Fall From Utility Pole

Accident: 14412209 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 08/14/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10661849908/15/19891731United Electrical & Instrumentation, Inc.
An employee was climbing a utility pole. The gaff on his climbers cut out when he was about 9.1 meters above the ground. He fell to the ground and died of injuries sustained in the fall.
Keywords: power line worker, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, utility pole, cutout--gaff
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106618499 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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