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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 103628772 - Heartland Wireless Communications, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Dallas

Nr: 103628772Report ID: 0626300Open Date: 07/17/1998

Heartland Wireless Communications, Inc.
1/4 Mi E. On Cr Nw1027 From Cr Ne2120, Franklin Co
Talco, TX 75455
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4841/Cable and Other Pay Television Services
Mailing: 1605 W. 16th St., Mount Pleasant, TX 75455

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/22/1998
Close Case:03/29/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $5,625 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,625
Current Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 10/29/1998 02/20/1999 $4,500 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19260050 C 10/29/1998 11/25/1998 $0 $1,125 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200780401Event: 07/09/1998Employee Killed In Fall When Tower Collapsed
Two employees were replacing a damaged television antenna mounted to the top of a telescoping 11.6-meter-tall tower erected in the backyard of a customer. They checked all tower guys and the stability of the tower and determined that the tower was stable. However, a guy for the antenna mast was broken. To facilitate the removal of the old mast the employees cut all the mast guys. One of the employees climbed the tower and tied off with a safety belt and lanyard. He removed the antenna and lowered it to the ground with a rope. Using the rope, the employees hoisted the new mast but it was too large to fit in the cups mounted on the tower. They lowered the mast so that it could be altered. The employee on the ground was walking to the work truck when he heard a scream. As he turned, he saw the tower falling away from him. The tower fell over intact with his coworker attached. The employee was seriously injured and died about 1 week later.
Keywords: telecom work, collapse, guy, fall, antenna, tower
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 103628772 Fatality Concussion Technicians, n.e.c.

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