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Accident: 200356962 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Cell Phone Tower

Accident: 200356962 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 04/17/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31193532404/18/20084812Brook Hill Communications Inc
On April 17, 2008, Employee #1 fell from an 86 foot high monopole cell phone tower while installing new amplifiers. The employer had a policy of 100 foot tie-off, and Employee #1 was known for adhering to that policy. However, Employee #1 was not practicing 100 foot tie-off at the time of the accident. Employee #1 was wearing a full body harness and had a front lanyard (to keep him near the work site) as well as two lanyards attached to the rear D ring (as safety backups). Employee #1 fell to a sloped portion of an ice bridge, striking the bridge and falling onto a chain link fence, and then falling to the ground. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the site.
Keywords: fracture, telecom work, safety belt, fall, tie-off, tower
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311935324 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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