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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 579243 Event: 09/28/1994Window Washer Killed In Fall From Building
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on September 28, 1994, Employee #1 was washing windows on a 14 story condominium apartment building using a Genie single stage boatswain's chair. He did not tie off to an independent safety line, but instead had tied one end of his load line to the boatswain's chair and the other end to his safety harness. The middle was attached to a roof vent pipe. When the load line either slipped or untied from its mooring on the vent pipe, Employee #1 fell and was killed.
Keywords: window washer, bosun chair, lifeline, work rules, slip, fall, tie-off
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 103595591 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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