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Accident: 99701.015 - Employee Falls From Utility Pole And Incurs Leg Fractures

Accident: 99701.015 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 04/05/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1249037.01504/07/2017Charter Communications
At 1:15 p.m. on April 5, 2017, Employee #1, employed by a telecommunications company, was free climbing a utility pole to make cable connections. As he approached the cable strand and went to take his last step, the wood under the stationary gaff split, the gaff cut out from the pole, and Employee #1 fell to the base of the pole, a fall height of 18 feet. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for fractures of his right leg.
Keywords: access/egress, installing, leg, fracture, utility pole, construction, fall, fall protection, climbing on column, telecom work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1249037.015 48 M Hospitalized injury Fracture Technicians, n.e.c.

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