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Accident: 201094513 - Employee Injured In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 201094513 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 12/08/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12614498912/08/20001731Unlimited Knowledge
At 8:55 a.m. on December 8, 2000, Employee #1 fell from a ladder while changing a drop line for cable television. This line comes from the main line, called a strand, and crosses the street to the house being serviced. The strand runs parallel to the street. Employee #1 did not take the drop line loose from the house. He proceeded to hook the ladder, 19-foot-11-inches high, into the strand. As he climbed the ladder, and was near the top, the Sachs grip, which attaches the drop line to the strand, came loose. Since Employee #1 had the ladder pointing away from the home, instead of towards the house as it should have been, the Sachs grip broke loose and the strand went away first and then sprung back, launching Employee #1 off the ladder and onto the pavement below. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital with head injures and stayed in the hospital for three weeks.
Keywords: fracture, head, communication cable, ladder, fall, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 19
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126144989 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:1
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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