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Accident: 97826.015 - Employee Falls 20 Feet From Utility Pole And Is Injured

Accident: 97826.015 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 02/07/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At 12:45 p.m. on February 7, 2017, an employee was leading a utility pole rescue class where students were practicing recusing a dummy prop. As the employee was tying the dummy prop to a pole utility pole, he fell approximately 20 feet. The employee sustained 9 broke vertebrae, 3 compressed discs in his neck, and nerve damage, which he was hospitalized and received treatment. The incident investigation revealed that although he was belted, his secondary lanyard failed to secure the rope, allowing it to pay out, resulting in the employee falling.
Keywords: struck against, fall, fall protection, power lines, rigging, fracture, equipment failure, electrical, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1229474.015 42 M Hospitalized injury Dislocation Electricians

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