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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300581410 - Jesse Craig Painting, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock

Nr: 300581410Report ID: 0627400Open Date: 10/31/2000

Jesse Craig Painting, Inc.
Exit 58 Off Of I-20, 18 Miles E Of Pecos Tx
Pecos, TX 79772
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
Mailing: P.O. Box 157, Las Lunas, NM 87031

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/22/2001
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:05/16/2005
Emphasis: L:Fall

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 1 5
Current Violations 2 2 1 5
Initial Penalty $5,600 $28,000 $0 $400 $0 $34,000
Current Penalty $5,600 $28,000 $0 $400 $0 $34,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100268 E 04/23/2001 05/03/2001 $2,800 $2,800 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19100268 G01 04/23/2001 05/03/2001 $2,800 $2,800 $0 -
  3. 02001 Willful 5A0001 04/23/2001 05/03/2001 $14,000 $14,000 $0 -
  4. 02002 Willful 19100027 D05 04/23/2001 05/03/2001 $14,000 $14,000 $0 -
  5. 03001 Other 19100268 C 04/23/2001 05/03/2001 $400 $400 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200810828Event: 10/29/2000Employee Killed In Fall From Telecommunications Tower
Employees #1 and #2 were being hoisted up a 500 ft telecommunications tower to replace antenna parts damaged when the tower was struck by lightning. They were being raised by a 1/2 in. nylon rope load line using a friction winch. Employee #2 was attached to the load line by a pelican clip that was attached to a seat strap D-ring by a small clevis on his tree saddle safety belt. The pelican clip had been run through a hand-tied loop in the end of the rope load line. Employee #1 was attached to the same loop by the center clip of a short three-clip rope safety lanyard, as were the replacement antenna parts. The remaining clips were attached to the waist D-rings on her full body harness. The rope load line had been routed up the tower through a 3 in. McKissik top block pulley that had been hand-tied to the face of the tower by two pieces of 1/2 in. climbing rope, at a height of approximately 475 ft. The 1/2 in. nylon load line was then routed back down the tower and through a heel block pulley attached near the base. The free end was then wrapped around a cathead (capstan hoist) which had been bolted to the left rear wheel of a small pick-up truck, with the wheel jacked up off the ground. With the pickup truck idling, Employee #3 manually pulled on the free end of the rope, hoisting Employees #1 and #2 up the tower. The two employees were at a height of approximately 385 ft when the pickup's engine apparently stalled. When a coworker tried to restart the engine, friction was lost between the rope load line and the capstan hoist drum, causing Employees #1 and #2 to fall. They struck a guy at a height of about 210 ft and managed to ride it to the ground. Employee #1 was killed. Employee #2 suffered a fractured back, a fractured jaw, some fractured ribs, and other internal injuries. Employee #3 sustained severe rope burns to both hands from trying to stop the rope.
Keywords: fracture, communication tower, hoisting mechanism, telecom work, work rules, construction, fall, abrasive burn, winch, mech malfunction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300581410 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 300581410 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
3 300581410 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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