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Accident: 201485604 - Telecommunications Worker Fractures Vertebrae In Fall

Accident: 201485604 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 04/03/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12033976706/03/20034841Comcast Cable
A telecommunications worker was climbing a utility pole to restore cable service to residential housing. He was wearing gaffs, and as he climbed, he encountered a tree branch located in his path. When he tried to maneuver around the branch, his right foot slipped. This action caused his left foot to slip as well, and he fell, landing on his feet. He sustained two broken vertebrae in the 18-foot fall. His L1 vertebra was shattered, and his L2 vertebra was fractured. He was hospitalized for seven days.
Keywords: elec protect equip, fracture, electrical, telecom work, tree limb, e tc, fall, utility pole, vertebra, cutout--gaff
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120339767 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical and electronic technicians

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