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Accident: 200051597 - Employee Killed When Struck By Rigging And Counter Weight

Accident: 200051597 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 04/22/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30373133504/23/20021731East Mississippi Towers
On April 22, 2002, Employee #1 was part of a crew installing a 3 in. digital coaxial cable onto a 1,524-ft-tall communications tower. She was standing on a platform approximately 1,300-ft-high helping to guide the cable into place as the crew hoisted it. After the crew paused to discuss the wind and discontinuing work, the supervisor and a coworker made the decision to continue. As the supervisor began to hoist the cable again, the cable on the load side of the rigging broke under the stress of the load conditions, and the rest of the rigging on the lift side of the rigging fell. Employee #1 was struck in the head by the counter balancing "headache ball" (which weighs between 250 and 300 pounds) and the remainder of the rigging materials, and was killed.
Keywords: rigging, communication tower, communication cable, counterbalance, hoist, struck by, elevated work plat
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 1524 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303731335 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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