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Accident: 202488094 - Employee Falls From Ladder And Dies

Accident: 202488094 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 02/27/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31186803802/27/20091731Full Spectrum Lighting And Electrical Services
On February 27, 2009, Employee #1 was dismantling deenergized panels from outside a commercial building with a coworker. An aluminum conduit, 15.5 ft long and 4 in. in diameter, needed to be removed. This length of conduit contained four 350 MCM copper cables. The total weight of the conduit was approximately 127 pounds, according to the manufacturer's literature. A conduit rose vertically from the right side of a decommissioned electrical panel and was too heavy to lift manually. Therefore, the employee mounted an extension ladder and worked from its third rung, approximately 18 ft high. He pushed the conduit in a direction away from the ladder and lost his balance. He fell from the ladder and landed on his head. The coworker called for emergency medical assistance. Employee #1 was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The employee was not using any fall protection equipment.
Keywords: conduit, ladder, fall, fall protection, lost balance
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 3 36 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311868038 Fatality Other Electricians FallDist:
FallHt:15
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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