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Accident: 951145 - Employee Killed In Fall When Aerial Lift Failed

Accident: 951145 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 04/14/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12663894904/14/19970783Stackhouse, Inc.
An employee was working from an aerial lift, trimming trees from an overhead power line. He was elevated about 12.2 meters above the ground when the boom of the aerial lift failed, causing the bucket to fall to the ground. The employee sustained acute chest injuries that resulted in his death. The cause of the boom failure was determined to be metal fatigue.
Keywords: chest, boom, equipment failure, elec utility work, fall, tree trimming, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126638949 Fatality Fracture Forestry workers, except logging

Accident: 200200137 - Employee Killed In Failure Of Aerial Lift Boom

Accident: 200200137 -- Report ID: 0418200 -- Event Date: 08/21/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30017206108/22/19960783Thompson Contracting, Inc.
An employee was in an aerial lift performing a line-clearance tree-trimming operation near a residential overhead power line. A cable on the joint of the articulating-arm boom failed, causing the boom to collapse. The bucket swung into the lift arm and struck the employee on the head. He was killed.
Keywords: head, boom, struck against, broken cable, equipment failure, elec utility work, fall, tree trimming, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300172061 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Forestry workers, except logging

Accident: 928168 - Employee Killed In Failure Of Aerial Lift Boom

Accident: 928168 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 02/08/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10967424202/09/19960783Burford'S Tree, Inc.
A tree trimmer was in an aerial lift performing a line-clearance operation. He was in the bucket of the aerial lift about 6.7 meters above the ground, using a pole cutter to trim the trees. As he was adjusting the bucket, the hydraulic cylinder for the lower boom failed when the rod pulled through the locking assembly nut. A total loss of hydraulic fluid caused the extended boom and bucket to free-fall to the ground, killing the employee.
Keywords: boom, equipment failure, hydraulic cylinder, elec utility work, fall, tree trimming, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109674242 Fatality Other Forestry workers, except logging

Accident: 908343 - Fall - Aerial Lift Boom Failure

Accident: 908343 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 02/08/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12467530702/09/19951623Floyd S. Pike Electrical Contractor, Inc.
Two employees were working from an aerial lift bucket, upgrading a two-phase overhead power line to a three-phase line. The boom failed, and the bucket fell 30 feet to the ground. One of the employees sustained a contusion on his hip; the other sustained a contusion on his chest.
Keywords: boom, equipment failure, elec utility work, fall, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124675307 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Electrical power installers and repairers
2 124675307 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 837740 - Fall - Aerial Lift Failure

Accident: 837740 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 09/26/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10337868309/26/19941623Henkels & Mccoy, Inc.
An employee was descending in a Hi-Ranger articulating-boom aerial lift after working on a utility pole. He was not using personal fall arrest or restraint equipment. The compensating chain installed in the base section of the aerial lift broke, causing the upper boom section to free-fall. This section struck the saddle of the lower section and threw the employee headfirst out of the bucket and onto the paved street. He was air lifted to a local hospital and pronounced dead on arrival of massive head injuries.
Keywords: ejected, head, boom, power line worker, equipment failure, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, broken chain, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103378683 Fatality Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14244818 - Fall - Aerial Lift Failure

Accident: 14244818 -- Report ID: 0317000 -- Event Date: 04/08/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1771051804/08/19941731Bell Of Pennsylvania
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1771050004/14/19941623Peco Energy Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1771048404/08/19941731Alfred J. Fry 3rd Electrical Construction
A power line worker was in an aerial lift bucket, lowering the boom back into the truck bed. A cable on the aerial lift had broken. When a second cable broke, the boom fell freely, causing the employee to fall out of the bucket. The employee, who was not using fall protection equipment, was killed.
Keywords: equipment failure, aerial lift, ejected, boom, power line worker, broken cable, elec utility work, fall, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17710518 Occupation Not Listed
2 17710500 Occupation Not Listed
3 17710484 Fatality Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 564765 - Employee Fell When Aerial Lift Boom Failed

Accident: 564765 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 01/14/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10757257001/15/19927359Uec Equipment Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10757259601/15/19924911Southwest Arkansas Electric Coop.
An employee had finished making repairs and adjustments on an aerial lift and was making a test run. During this test, a nut on the lower hydraulic cylinder shaft broke into two pieces, causing the bucket and boom to fall 6.1 to 7.6 meters. The employee fell from the bucket onto the concrete, resulting in his death.
Keywords: equipment failure, aerial lift, repair, boom, fall, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107572570 Fatality Fracture Not specified mechanics and repairers
2 107572596 Occupation Not Listed

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