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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300561602 - Gauntt Electric Service, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Dallas

Nr: 300561602Report ID: 0626300Open Date: 07/25/2000

Gauntt Electric Service, Inc.
Smu Stadium, 5801 Airline Rd.
University Park, TX 75205
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
Mailing: 3644 Ryan Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/26/2000
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:10/30/2001
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Construction Fatalities

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $8,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,400
Current Penalty $2,520 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,520
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260501 B15 12/01/2000 12/13/2000 $2,520 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19260503 A02 II 12/01/2000 12/28/2000 $0 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200781284Event: 07/24/2000Employee Killed In Fall From Stadium Light Pole
Employee #1, who worked for an electrical contractor, was adjusting the lights on a newly constructed 116 ft tall light pole system at the Southern Methodist University stadium. He attached his safety harness and a 6 ft lanyard to the safety sleeve, which he secured to the cable that was fixed to the side of the pole. He climbed to the bottom of the first section of lights, which where about 96 ft above the ground. Before he was able to dismount the pole and access the catwalk to adjust the lights, he lost his balance and fell 81 ft down the side of the pole, while still attached to his safety harness, lanyard, and safety sleeve/cable grab. He struck the foot pegs and cable guides as he went down the pole, sustaining neck lacerations and other injuries that resulted in his death. The safety sleeve/cable grab did not arrest his fall.
Keywords: work rules, struck against, construction, climbing on column, laceration, fall, fall protection, neck, lost balance
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300561602 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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