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Accident: 170611826 - Employee Killed In Fall From Catwalk

Accident: 170611826 -- Report ID: 0950662 -- Event Date: 10/24/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12598217310/24/19951791High Desert Fabricators, Inc.
At approximately 6:10 a.m., Employee #1 and a coworker, both iron workers at High Desert Fabricators, were retrieving welding lead left on a 45 ft high catwalk inside the south side of Building #301, Site 3, A.F. Plant #42. At 6:30 a.m., Employee #1 was kneeling under the top rail to lower welding lead from the catwalk surface when he fell to the ground. Employee #1 was transported to Lancaster Community Hospital, where he died of massive internal injuries. The catwalk had a top rail of cable wire 42 in. above its surface, but subsequent inspection revealed no midrail. Employee #1, a foreman and site safety officer, and the coworker were not using any fall protection.
Keywords: iron worker, work rules, construction, catwalk, fall, fall protection, midrail
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125982173 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Structural metal workers

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