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Accident: 201344496 - Two Employees Killed In Fall When Gondola Cable Breaks

Accident: 201344496 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 07/10/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31077851907/10/20071731Structural Inspection, Inc.
At approximately 9:20 a.m. on July 10, 2007, Employee #1, the company owner, and Employee #2, a helper, both ironworkers, were replacing television transmission equipment 920 ft up on a 1,000 ft communications tower. They were riding a gondola-style man-basket pulled by a 1/4 in. wire rope up a trolley line that was anchored to a 16 ft flatbed trailer approximately 450 ft from the base of the 1,000 ft high tower. When the man-basket was approximately three-quarters of the way up, the wire rope line broke. The man-basket fell back down the trolley line, striking the ground and then the anchor point. Both Employee #1 and Employee #2 were tied off to the basket and were killed on impact. The coworker winch operator was not injured. The tower had been rigged approximately two weeks earlier by Employee #1.
Keywords: communication tower, telecom work, wire rope, iron worker, work rules, broken cable, construction, equipment failure, fall, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310778519 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:950
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with bucket (aerial lift/basket)
2 310778519 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:950
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with bucket (aerial lift/basket)

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