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Accident: 599654 - Employee Killed In Fall From Steel Column

Accident: 599654 -- Report ID: 0420300 -- Event Date: 11/11/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10907825311/12/19961791L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc.
Employee #1 had unhooked his lanyard from his anchorage prior to climbing a 20 ft long column. He was trying to get a pin to release from the lifting clip at the top of the column. The pin is normally released by pulling on a rope that is threaded through the eye of the pin. Employee #1 and his iron worker connector partner had tried to release the pin using normal procedures but were not successful. Employee #1 lost his grip and fell 90 ft from the fifth floor to his death at the first floor. The investigation revealed that the employer had not installed a temporary floor or metal decking within two stories or 30 ft below where the employees were working.
Keywords: work rules, construction, climbing on column, lanyard, fall, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 7 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 109078253 Fatality Other Structural metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:90
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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