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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 686782 - Fall From 60 Foot Elevation Through Glass Top Of Basement

Accident: 686782 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 07/23/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
327158207/25/19857349J & J Window Cleaning
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WASHING THE WINDOWS OF A FOUR STORY BUILDING WHILE SITTING IN A BOSUN CHAIR SUPPORTED BY A ONE INCH THICK NYLON ROPE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS NOT PROTECTED BY A SAFETY LIFE BELT ATTACHED TO A LIFE LINE. THE NYLON ROPE SEVERED AND BROKE, AND EMPLOYEE #1 FELL APPROXIMATELY 45 FEET TO A GLASS COVERED BASEMENT. HE HIT THE GLASS, BROKE THROUGH IT, AND CONTINUED FALLING UNTIL REACHING THE BASEMENT FLOOR. EMPLOYEE #1 SUFFERED FRACTURES AND LACERATIONS FROM THE FALL AND THE BROKEN GLASS. IN TOTAL, EMPLOYEE #1 FELL ABOUT 60 FEET.
Keywords: window washer, fracture, bosun chair, broken glass, lifeline, safety belt, laceration, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3271582 Hospitalized injury Fracture Janitors and cleaners

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