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Accident: 978049 - Employee Injured In 35 Ft Fall From Radio Transmitting Tower

Accident: 978049 -- Report ID: 0454714 -- Event Date: 07/06/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10556423107/07/19881731Southland Electrical Contractors Inc
Employee #1 and another electrician climbed a radio transmitting tower that was over 50 ft high and had evenly spaced members similar to a ladder. They were to remove a fiberglass antenna weighing approximately 3 to 4 lb. Employee #1 was wearing a lineman's belt to secure himself while in a working position, but was not tied off when ascending or descending. While descending to another position, Employee #1 fell approximately 35 ft, striking his head and upper body on an adjacent building edge and then rolling off. He landed on the roof of an equipment room approximately 6 ft below. Employee #1 sustained massive head injuries, a severed spine, and a broken leg.
Keywords: severed, head, communication tower, spine, work rules, electrician, struck against, construction, fall, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105564231 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians

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