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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200641009 - Employee Killed When Knocked Off Billboard Catwalk

Accident: 200641009 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 02/05/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30238160302/09/19997312Tyler Outdoor Advertising
At 1:30 p.m. on February 5, 1999, Employee #1 was part of a four-man crew installing a new vinyl canvas advertisement on a existing billboard. They were on the top catwalk, at a height of approximately 30 ft, preparing to unfold the new canvas down the front of the southside billboard when a gust of wind caught the canvas as it was unfurled and tossed it back onto the crew. Employee #1 was knocked off balance by the canvas and fell through the billboard's metal structures to the ground. He was killed. The crew members were wearing harnesses with lanyards, but only one coworker was tied off.
Keywords: high wind, installing, work rules, catwalk, fall, struck by, advertising sign, lost balance, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302381603 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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