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Accident: 201065984 - Employee Fell When His Gaff Cut Out

Accident: 201065984 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 10/15/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30079215711/18/20021731San Diego Gas And Electric
A four-person power line crew was at a customer's home, installing a single transformer to upgrade the homeowner's system. One of the power line workers climbed a utility pole. He was wearing climbing boots, pole climbers, a body belt with a tool bag and pole strap, leather gloves, safety glasses, and a hardhat. When he got to a point about 3 to 4 meters above the ground, his gaffs cut out, and he slid down the pole. The employee hugged the pole on his way down, trying to get his gaffs back into the wood. He let go within the last meter or so, landing on his back. His hardhat had fallen off; and, when he struck the ground, his back hit the hardhat. The injured employee suffered lower back, sciatic nerve pain from the fall. He was hospitalized for a day.
Keywords: hard hat, power line worker, back, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, utility pole, cutout--gaff
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 25
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300792157 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Electricians FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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