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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303207633 - Quality Window Cleaning, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Kansas City

Nr: 303207633Report ID: 0728500Open Date: 07/20/2000

Quality Window Cleaning, Inc.
2316 E Myer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64132
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7349/Building Cleaning and Maintenance Services, Not Elsewhere
Mailing: Po Box 1344, Lee'S Summit, MO 64063

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/13/2000
Close Case:07/18/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100001098    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $2,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/13/2000 04/10/2001 $900 $1,500 $0 01/10/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 12/13/2000 04/10/2001 $900 $1,500 $0 01/10/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100023 C01 12/13/2000 04/10/2001 $900 $1,500 $0 01/10/2001 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200000990Event: 07/20/2000One Employee Killed, Two Injured In Window Washing Accident
At approximately 10:07 p.m. on July 20, 2000, Employees #1 through #3, of Quality Window Cleaning, Inc., were cleaning windows on the west side of a building. Employees #2 and #3 were working from a boatswain's chair suspended from the roof by two transportable roof rigs or roller, and descending the side of the building using descent control devices. Employee #1 was on the roof pushing the rollers back and forth to move his coworkers from window to window. Employee #1 was moving the roller on the south end of the building when one of its wheels slipped off the edge of the parapet wall. This caused the rollers, which were tied together, to fall between six and seven stories to the ground. Employees #2 and #3, whose lifelines were only attached to the suspension point on the rollers, also fell to the ground. Both sustained injuries; Employee #2 was listed in critical condition and Employee #3 was in serious condition following the accident. When the south end roller went over the edge, Employee #1 was catapulted off the roof and fell approximately 84 ft 4 in. to the ground. He was killed. Neither of the rollers was anchored to the roof.
Keywords: window washer, rigging, bosun chair, lifeline, unsecured, work rules, roller--mach/part, fall, fall protection, unstable position
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303207633 Hospitalized injury Other Laborers, except construction
2 303207633 Hospitalized injury Other Laborers, except construction
3 303207633 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction

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