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Accident: 170872501 - Employee Killed In Fall From Boatswain'S Chair

Accident: 170872501 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 10/25/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12009792810/25/19993443Promac Fabrication
Employee #1 and coworkers were installing a 40 ft diameter, 350,000 gallon stainless steel storage tank with seven panels that had to be bolted together and welded in place. They were installing the sixth panel, and Employee #1 was bolting it to the existing ones. He was in a bosun's chair that was being hoisted by a crane to the catwalk at the top of the tank panel when he became entangled in the lift sling and chair. He tried to swing it over his head to clear himself, but the sling cable opened the latch of the crane hook and it became unhooked. Employee #1 lost his balance and fell approximately 38 to 40 ft to the ground. He was killed.
Keywords: bosun chair, installing, crane hook, hoisting mechanism, work rules, two pt susp scaffold, fall, fall protection, entangled, crane
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120097928 Fatality Fracture Welders and cutters

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