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Accident: 200358158 - Employee Falls While Painting Tower

Accident: 200358158 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 11/04/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31382309811/05/20091721Eastern States Tower Service, Llc
On November 4, 2009, Employee #1 was painting a 400-ft-high cell communication tower, working from the top down. He was approximately 300 ft above the ground. When he repositioned his single fall protection lanyard to a lower location, his pelican hook positioning device disengaged from the structure. Employee #1 fell approximately 30 ft and struck a support bracket for guys. He grabbed a guy in the crook of his elbow and slid down the guy until he reached the ground. He was hospitalized, however no injured were indicated in the narrative.
Keywords: communication tower, paint, guy, fall, fall protection, painter, tower
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 400
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313823098 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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