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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302508932 - Alltel, Western Reserve Telephone Company

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland

Nr: 302508932Report ID: 0522300Open Date: 09/01/1999

Alltel, Western Reserve Telephone Company
4137 North Ridge West
Ashtabula, OH 44004
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4899/Communications Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 4616 Park Avenue, Ashtabula, OH 44005

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/29/1999
Emphasis: L:FallClose Case:08/11/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $14,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100268 N02 IV 11/01/1999 11/07/1999 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/06/2000 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19100268 N09 11/01/1999 11/04/1999 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/06/2000 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200100543Event: 08/31/1999Employee Killed In Fall From Ladder When Utility Pole Breaks
On August 31, 1999, a coworker of Employee #1 was assigned to install a second telephone line at a house on State Route 20 in Ashtabula, OH. While waiting for assistance to run the new two-pair drop wire across the roadway, the coworker leaned his 24 ft fiberglass extension ladder against a wooden utility pole on the north side of the road. He visually inspected the pole for damage and, not noticing any serious defects from the ground level up, the coworker began to position his ladder. When Employee #1 arrived on the site, the coworker removed his ladder and crossed the road to the south side so that he could work on the utility pole with the terminal end. While he was setting up, Employee #1 began to position his 24 ft fiberglass extension ladder against the utility pole. He was climbing to the work area when the utility pole broke in half below ground level. Employee #1 fell from the ladder, landing on his back in an adjacent driveway. He sustained severe injuries and was transported to the hospital, where he died later that evening. The employer did not ensure that the workers tested the wooden utility poles before climbing to determine if they were in a safe condition.
Keywords: extension ladder, telecom work, unsecured, work rules, ladder, equipment failure, guy, fall, bracing, utility pole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302508932 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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