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Accident: 201796869 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Power Pole

Accident: 201796869 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 01/06/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30132934801/07/20039431City Of Glendale Water & Power
On January 6, 2003, Employee #1, along with eight other employees, was sent to perform emergency repair work on downed, deenergized power lines. Severe wind had caused a tree to fall, knocking down the lines on three power poles. At approximately 10:15 p.m., Employee #1 and at least one coworker climbed a power pole that was 43 feet tall, for repair work. At about 10:25 p.m., Employee #1 fell approximately 35 feet, landing on trash cans and the sidewalk. It appears that he fell because his body belt broke. A coworker stated that he was not tied off when he fell. The belt showed significant signs of wear and tear. He was transported to a medical center, but died at 1:30 a.m. on January 7, 2003.
Keywords: repair, inadequate maint, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, tie-off, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301329348 Fatality Other Specified mechanics and repairers

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