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Accident: 170354229 - Employee Washing Windows Falls And Breaks Arms And Legs

Accident: 170354229 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 06/08/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11189000006/29/19937349High Rise Window Cleaning, Inc.
ON JUNE 8, 1993, EMPLOYEE #1, A WINDOW WASHER WITH HIGH RISE WINDOW CLEANING INC., WAS WORKING FROM A BOATSWAIN'S CHAIR (BOSUN CHAIR) AND HAD SUPPOSEDLY JUST TIED TWO BOWLINE KNOTS, ONE FOR THE LINE TO THE CHAIR AND THE OTHER TO THE SAFETY LINE ATTACHED TO TWO ROOF EYELETS (ANCHORS). ACCORDING TO EMPLOYEE #1, HE FELL ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER GOING OVER THE ROOF EDGE. HE FELT NO TUG OR JERK FROM THE TWO LINES BECOMING UNDONE, LEADING ONE TO BELIEVE THAT THE TYING-OFF STEP IN THE PROCEDURES WAS OMITTED. EMPLOYEE #1 FELL FOUR STORIES TO SOFT GROUND AND WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR BROKEN ARMS AND LEGS.
Keywords: window washer, fracture, bosun chair, lifeline, work rules, fall, arm, tie-off, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111890000 Hospitalized injury Fracture Janitors and cleaners

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