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Accident: 200623478 - Employee Killed In Fall When Ejected From Aerial Lift

Accident: 200623478 -- Report ID: 0454716 -- Event Date: 06/20/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30871376706/21/20051731Dillard Smith Construction Company
On June 20, 2005, Employee #1, the foreman, and his five-man crew were replacing a utility pole and moving energized 13.2-kilovolt, three-phase distribution lines and de-energized 69-kilovolt transmission lines from the old pole to the new one. Employee #1 had hung guides from an aerial lift and was descending when part of the boom near the hinged section struck a tree. Employee #1 was ejected or bounced out of the lift basket and fell between 50 and 60 ft. He was killed. Employee #1 was not wearing a body belt/harness with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket.
Keywords: ejected, clearance, derrick truck, work rules, struck against, construction, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 70 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308713767 Fatality Other Supervisors, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall from/with bucket (aerial lift/basket)

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