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Accident: 200641769 - Employee Falls From Tower And Dies

Accident: 200641769 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 03/07/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30364187203/08/20011731Big Horn Towers Inc.
At approximately 3:50 p.m. on March 7, 2001, Employee #1, a crew leader, and three coworkers were replacing a 1.625 in. coax cable on the top of a 400 ft wire guy tower. After climbing the tower, Employee #1 tied off to the electrical capstan hoist load line. In the process of riding the line down, cable snap-ins were removed that secured the old cable to the side of the tower. On the ground, the new cable was tied to the hoist line and Employee #1 rode the hoist load line back up to the top of the tower, where the new cable was temporarily secured. The old cable was tied in to the hoist line at the top of the tower and Employee #1 got on the hoist load line and signaled the trainee hoist operator to lower the line. Employee #1 and old cable were lowered about 20 ft when the line stopped sliding around the drum of the capstan hoist. The trainee hoist operator was instructed to remove one of six wraps of rope from the drum. In attempting to remove a wrap the rope line came off the hoist drum, and Employee #1 and the old cable fell from near the top of the tower to the ground. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: drum hoist, hoisting mechanism, wire rope, drum, hoist, fall, load line, hoistline
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Other Under $50,000 400 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303641872 Fatality Concussion Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:380
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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