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Accident: 200200673 - Two Employees Killed In Fall From Communications Tower

Accident: 200200673 -- Report ID: 0418200 -- Event Date: 09/02/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30018050209/02/19981623Srg Communications
Employees #1 and #2 had completed their work on a communications tower and were being lowered to the ground by a capstan hoist. As they descended, the fall line became tangled. As the hoist operator tried to clear it he turned part-way around to speak to his helper, at which point the line slipped off the shaft of the capstan. Employees #1 and #2 fell 83 ft to the ground. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: communication tower, hoisting mechanism, work rules, construction, descending, fall, fall protection, entangled, hoistline, inattention
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 250 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300180502 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:235
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall, other
2 300180502 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:235
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall, other

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