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Accident: 201632684 - Employee Injured In Fall With Ladder When Cable Fails

Accident: 201632684 -- Report ID: 1054111 -- Event Date: 03/21/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30518018403/22/20021731Telecommunication Support Systems Inc
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on March 21, 2002, Employee #1 was re-routing three strands of television cable to a private residence. He took his ladder and placed it against the strands. He did not check, however, for hazards in the surrounding area. The strands had been tied off with a piece of line approximately three poles down. Employee #1 was aware of this but did not check to see whether it would take his weight. After cutting two of the three strands, the combination of Employee #1 and the ladder was too much for the remaining strand and it broke loose. Employee #1 fell approximately 12 ft to the ground, along with the ladder. He sustained a pelvic injury and was hospitalized for several days.
Keywords: telecom work, communication cable, work rules, overloaded, construction, fall, communication worker, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305180184 Hospitalized injury Fracture Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FallHt:12
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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