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Accident: 170789259 - Window Washer Killed In Fall From Three-Story Building

Accident: 170789259 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 03/27/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11598400703/28/19967349Quality Window Cleaning, Inc.
Employee #1, a window washer, was working alone near the top of a three-story brick building when he fell approximately 35 ft. He sustained multiple fractures and a closed head injury, from which he died eight days later. There were no witnesses to the accident. Employee #1 had two years of experience, and he had been washing and caulking windows at the building for two-and-a-half weeks. He was apparently wearing a rappelling harness and secondary safety belt; the harness was connected with a D-ring and a figure eight to a PMI climbing rope. The rope was not connected to an anchor point on the roof, and the safety belt was not connected to the rope.
Keywords: window washer, fracture, head, rope, unsecured, work rules, safety belt, fall, fall protection, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115984007 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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