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Accident: 201613858 - Employee Suffers Head Injury In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 201613858 -- Report ID: 1054113 -- Event Date: 05/14/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31170706105/27/20084841Revolution Cable Holdings Inc
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 14, 2008, Employee #1 was disconnecting the cable TV service to two residential homes. He was working on a feeder box while using an extension ladder. There were two cables connected to the homes; one was taut and the other was slack. Employee #1 cut the slack cable first. When he cut the taut cable, it whipped away. The main cable strand which was stretched between two power poles moved forward due to Employee #1's weight. Employee #1 was injured when the cable snapped back and he fell from the ladder to the road 18 ft below. He struck his head and was rendered unconscious. He was hospitalized for unspecified traumatic injuries to his head.
Keywords: extension ladder, cable tv work, communication cable, ladder, fall, fall protection, communication worker
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311707061 Hospitalized injury Fracture Telephone line installers and repairers

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