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Accident: 201065778 - Employee Injured By Fall From Ladder While Servicing Cable

Accident: 201065778 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 10/11/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30079180310/21/20024841Cox Communications
On October 11, 2002, Employee #1, a Field Service Representative of Cox Communications, fell off a ladder while servicing an overhead cable line. Cox Communications is a communications service, repair and provider. Employee #1 was a non-contract employee of Cox Communications. Employee #1 was working alone on a 28-foot Werner fiberglass extension ladder, Model 7128 Electro Master, hooked to a midspan wire. The midspan was measured to be 18-feet 5-inches above the dirt ground. Employee #1's job was to replace a damaged drop line that runs to and services cable in San Diego, California. This is a residential home and Employee #1 was working on the overhead line across the street from this residential home. There was tension from the drop line attached to the span. Employee #1 removed his positioning belt lanyard and then cut the span wire. Employee #1 disconnected his belt lanyard, a Bashlin Industries Number 1511N with an 81 inch leather lanyard, from the ladder and span because he anticipated descending the ladder immediately after cutting the drop line. Employee #1 was on the ladder when the tension of the drop line released. This release of tension created a slingshot type action with Employee #1 standing on and holding onto ladder. The ladder did not come unhooked from the span, but the slingshot action caused Employee #1 to lose his grip and become propelled backwards. Employee #1 fell 18-feet 5-inches to the ground. Due to the fall, Employee #1 received a laceration on his head, a collapsed lung, fractured 3 ribs and his right hand, and lost consciousness twice. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, head, lung, extension ladder, cable tv work, collapse, communication cable, laceration, rib, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300791803 Hospitalized injury Cancer Telephone line installers and repairers

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