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Accident: 170869614 - Employee'S Arm Fractured In Fall While Climbing Utility Pole

Accident: 170869614 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/07/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12580066412/27/20001623Smud
A power line crew was removing a 12.2-meter utility pole from a parking lot. One of the crewmembers was asked to climb between 5 and 6 meters up the pole, belt off, and attach a steel sling as it was held in position by a crane. Because the pole was leaning at an angle, the employee was told to climb the pole on the high side. He had reached a height of approximately 3.7 meters when his gaffs cut out, and he fell to the asphalt. He suffered a fractured arm, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, arm, utility pole, work surface, cutout--gaff
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition Under $50,000 2 40
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125800664 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:12
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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