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Accident: 200212496 - Employee Is Injured In Fall From Tower, Later Dies

Accident: 200212496 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 01/20/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31287028001/27/20091795A&J Llc Dba Electronic Specialists
On January 20, 2009, Employee #1, of A and J LLC DBA Electronic Specialists, was contracted to dismantle an 80 ft TV tower located at a residential farm. The task consisted of dismantling the tower from the top and in 10 ft sections. The guy lines were to be untied from the ground level. Employee #1 climbed to the top of the 20 ft section of the tower. Using fall protection, he attached to the tower. Employee #1 and his supervisor decided to let Employee #1 untie the guy line from the top of the tower. Employee #1 unbolted the pin that secured the tower to the guy line. As Employee #1 tried to untie himself from the tower, the Supervisor saw him fall and hit the ground face up and then the tower fell upon him. Emergency Services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital and treated for an open chest wound, lacerated liver and fractured ribs, but later died due to the injuries he sustained in the fall.
Keywords: chest, fracture, unsecured, work rules, laceration, guy, fall, fall protection, tower
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Demolition Under $50,000 8 80 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312870280 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fall, other

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