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Accident: 201069051 - Employee Killed In Fall From Utility Tower

Accident: 201069051 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/29/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30703141908/29/20051711Wilson Construction
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on August 29, 2005, Employee #1, a journeyman electrician with an electrical utility contractor, was part of a four-man crew removing the top third of a disconnected high-voltage electrical tower to retrofit it. He had finished unbolting his corner and was going to help a coworker at an adjacent corner. He removed a set of bolts that secured the horizontal structural element to which he was tied off. Once the bolts were removed, the structural element pulled away from the tower. Employee #1 fell approximately 70 ft to the ground and was killed.
Keywords: dismantling, power line worker, work rules, construction, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, tie-off, tower
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 130 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307031419 Fatality Other Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:70
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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