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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200370591 - Employee Killed In Fall While Descending Tower

Accident: 200370591 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 08/30/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30242536808/31/19991623Horne Brother'S Construction
Employee #1 worked for a contractor erecting a 250 ft tall self-supporting communications tower. At approximately 6:30 p.m., he finished installing a flashing light at the top of the tower and began descending the outside of the structural members using a nylon hoist rope. Employee #1 was wearing a harness equipped with one lanyard and a tool pouch. When he was approximately 200 ft above the ground, he slipped and fell to the ground. Employee #1 suffered multiple blunt force traumas and died as a result of his injuries. He did not have the appropriate equipment, such as a safety line and rope grip system, or a double lanyard system, to ensure 100 percent tie-off while descending. The weather was clear at the time of the accident, and was not a factor.
Keywords: communication tower, telecom work, work rules, slip, construction, descending, fall, fall protection, tie-off, tower
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 250 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302425368 Fatality Other Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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