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Accident: 201572831 - Employee Killed In Fall From Communication Tower

Accident: 201572831 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 02/25/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30752848902/28/20051799Ne Colorado Cellular Inc. Dba Viaero Wireless
An employee was installing a new digital cellular telephone antenna on the antenna mount of an existing three-leg communication tower. He was suspended by his work positioning lanyard from an antenna mount near the top of the tower. Seconds after being observed in this position, the employee fell approximately 55 meters. He died of injuries sustained in the fall. The snaphook on his work positioning lanyard had previously been damaged, and he was not tied off with his fall arrest lanyard.
Keywords: attachment hook, communication tower, telecom work, inadequate maint, equipment failure, lanyard, fall, fall protection, antenna, communication worker
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator New project or new addition Under $50,000 180 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307528489 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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