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Accident: 897769 - Window Washer Killed In Fall From Building

Accident: 897769 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 12/13/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12544298812/13/19957349Independent Services Of Virginia
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on December 13, 1995, Employee #1 was preparing to wash windows from a boatswain's chair. He had rigged up his rappelling equipment and lifeline and had placed them over the side of a 14-story condominium building. He did not, however, connect to his lifeline when he went over the parapet wall and he did not fully engage the eye of his rappel rack into his locking type D-ring. As a result, Employee #1 fell to the ground and was killed.
Keywords: window washer, bosun chair, hoisting mechanism, lifeline, work rules, fall, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125442988 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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