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Accident: 200850865 - Employee Killed In Fall From Roof When Hoist Overturns

Accident: 200850865 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 07/13/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30062164607/13/19991761Meris Construction Corp
At approximately 1:20 p.m. on July 13, 1999, Employee #1 was using a hoist to lower roofing materials to the street when the hoist arm was pulled to the north by the tag line. The counterweights were unable to hold the hoist down, and it tipped toward the street as Employee #1 was guiding the load down. He fell approximately 100 ft onto the sidewalk shed and was killed instantly. Employee #1 was not using any form of fall protection. The hoist had been set up to swing in a direction for which it was not designed.
Keywords: roof, hoisting mechanism, counterbalance, work rules, construction, hoist, fall, fall protection, tag line, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 10 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300621646 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:100
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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