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Accident: 200963718 - Employee'S Back Injured In Fall When Come-Alongs Fail

Accident: 200963718 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 09/06/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30288267509/06/19991791Talon Erectors, Inc.
Employee #1 was working on the outside of a building between the fourth floor and the roof, at a height of approximately 50 ft. He was straddling a steel spandrel beam, using two come-alongs to jack it up when the hand winches broke and he fell back to the fourth floor. Employee #1 was wearing a safety harness looped over a piece of angle iron and connected back to the harness. The come-alongs were also attached to the angle iron. Employee #1 sustained multiple contusions on his back and was hospitalized. A causal factor in this accident was improperly tying off and using an improper anchor point.
Keywords: hand winch, hoisting mechanism, lifeline, work rules, construction, equipment failure, back, fall, fall protection, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 4 50
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302882675 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Structural metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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