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Accident: 200785012 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Tower

Accident: 200785012 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 08/13/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31417838508/13/20101721Superior Coating Vl
On August 13, 2010, Employee #1, working for a sandblasting and painting company, was painting the top portion of a water tower. He slipped and fell. He was wearing a harness attached to a rope that allowed him to fall approximately 30 to 40 ft before the personal fall arrest system engaged. The stitching on the lanyard attaching the harness to the rope failed, and he fell another 120 ft and died.
Keywords: slip, equipment failure, lanyard, fall, painter, tower
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 160 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314178385 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:160
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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