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Accident: 200261683 - Three Employees Killed In Fall From Communication Tower

Accident: 200261683 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 01/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30482319801/03/20021623All States Construction, Inc.
At approximately 3:40 p.m. on January 2, 2002, Employees #1, #2, and #3 were being hoisted up an approximately 400-foot Alltel telecommunication tower by a 0.875-inch, 3-strand manila rope to replace a guy at the 390-foot level and to reinforce the tower by adding 0.375-inch by 3-inch bar plates to the tower legs. When the employees reached approximately the 100-foot level, the rope broke and the employees fell to the ground. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were killed.
Keywords: maintenance, hoist, guy, fall, tower, hoistline
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 400 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304823198 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:100
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Fall, other
2 304823198 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:100
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Fall, other
3 304823198 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:100
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Fall, other

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