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Accident: 200372258 - Employee Killed In Fall From Crane Bucket

Accident: 200372258 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 07/19/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30026801807/19/20021799Tnt Signs
On July 19, 2002, Employee #1 was in the bucket of an extensible, truck-mounted boom crane, replacing a light bulb in a sign at a Days Inn Hotel. A groundsman was at the rear of the truck, operating the crane boom. The coworker had extended it to a height of 42 ft to allow Employee #1 to reach the sign when he heard a loud "pop" and the boom suddenly retracted approximately 17 ft. The bucket stopped abruptly and Employee #1 was thrown out. He fell 25 ft to the ground and was killed. Employee #1 was wearing a safety harness, but was not tied off.
Keywords: ejected, boom truck, construction, equipment failure, fall, fall protection, truck boom, tie-off, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 65 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300268018 Fatality Other Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
Cause: Fencing, installing lights, signs, etc.
FatCause: Fall from/with bucket (aerial lift/basket)

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