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Accident: 201272382 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Antenna

Accident: 201272382 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 03/10/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On March 10, 2006, workers from a company were using a rigging system, consisting of a rope, to lower a 50 lb antenna from a communications tower 400 ft high. For some reason the rope broke, and the antenna fell approximately 260 ft. At the same time, Employee #1 and three coworkers, employees of Betacom, Inc., were leaving the communications tower building for lunch when they heard a warning call indicating that something was falling. Employee #1 and his coworkers ran for cover. Employee #1 was struck in the head by the antenna and was killed. Upon further investigation, it was determined neither Employee #1 or the coworkers from Betacom, Inc., were wearing hard hats.
Keywords: head, rigging, communication tower, hard hat, rope, construction, equipment failure, struck by, antenna, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 400 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309725703 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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