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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200630648 - Employee Fell From Smokestack

Accident: 200630648 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 02/01/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11621808202/02/20014911Appalachian Power Company - Phillip Sporn Plant
An employee was designated as a temporary supervisor during a power plant outage. He went into a vent that exhausted into a smokestack to measure the vent's dimensions. Although he was working approximately 21 meters above the bottom of the smokestack, he was not using any form of fall protection. He went too close to the edge, where the vent joined the smokestack, and fell to the bottom of the smokestack. He died of injuries sustained in the accident. The employer had not identified the vent area as a permit-required confined space or performed a hazard assessment of the work area. Additionally, other employees and supervisors had in the past worked in the vent without using fall arrest equipment.
Keywords: confined space, work rules, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, chimney
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116218082 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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