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Accident: 869586 - Employee Pulled Off Roof And Killed When Entangled In Wires

Accident: 869586 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 08/09/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1805660608/09/19901795Warm Bros. Construction Company
Employee #1, a co-op student from the University of Cincinnati, was in charge of five coworkers, two of whom were instructed to take down an exhaust blower stack from the roof of a building being renovated. The 4 guy wires that were steadying the stack were loosened from the bottom and tied together in a knot while still attached to the stack at the top. The stack was cut loose with an oxyacetylene torch and pushed toward the roof edge. The stack landed sticking partway over the roof edge. Employee #1, along with the two coworkers, pushed the stack the rest of the way over the edge. Either Employee #1 was caught around the ankles by the load of guy wires or he stood in the loop and the guy wires pulled him over the roof edge. Employee #1 fell 50 ft to the pavement and died.
Keywords: roof, dismantling, wire rope, work rules, construction, guy, fall, fall protection, entangled
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18056606 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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