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Inspection: 122477490 - Wave Communication

Inspection Information - Office: Appleton

Nr: 122477490Report ID: 0521100Open Date: 10/29/1995

Wave Communication
3607 Maplewood Road
Two Rivers, WI 54241
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
Mailing: 4587 Hwy Tt, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/07/1995
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:06/11/1996
Emphasis: L:Fall

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 1 5
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $11,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,400
Current Penalty $8,550 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,550
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19260021 B02 02/06/1996 02/19/1996 $4,200 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19261060 A 02/06/1996 02/19/1996 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19260105 A 02/06/1996 02/19/1996 $2,200 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19260550 E 02/06/1996 02/10/1996 $1,500 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19261053 A19 02/06/1996 02/19/1996 $650 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02001 Other 19260059 E01 02/06/1996 03/10/1996 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 845370Event: 10/29/1995Employee Killed In Fall From Tower
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on October 29, 1995, Employee #1 and a coworker were installing coaxial cable to a 300 ft communication tower constructed the week earlier. Instead of climbing the tower and winching up one coaxial cable at a time, Employee #1 (the foreman) had the coworker unwillingly capstan winch him up the tower with the coaxial cables, using a high strength rope. Employee #1 was wearing a type IV tree trimmer belt designed for suspension and positioning. The capstan winch was mounted on a turntable that was bolted to the truck bed. The pin to hold the turntable in place was lost and a cotter pin was used as a replacement. When Employee #1 was suspended between 200 and 250 ft, the cotter pin sheared, the capstan winch turned, and the rope slid off. The coworker received rope burns to his hands as he attempted to hold the rope. Employee #1 was killed by head and multiple other injuries from the fall.
Keywords: head, communication tower, installing, telecom work, rope, work rules, cotter pin, fall, winch
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 122477490 Fatality Concussion Structural metal workers

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