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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 306769258 - Global Towers Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Pittsburgh

Nr: 306769258Report ID: 0317500Open Date: 07/16/2003

Global Towers Inc.
149 Tate Road
Hookstown, PA 15050
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3568/Mechanical Power Transmission Equipment, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 333613/Mechanical Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Mailing: P.O. Box 508, Mayfield, KY 42066

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/13/2003
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Construction FatalitiesClose Case:08/13/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $10,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,500
Current Penalty $6,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260502 D 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $1,700 $2,100 $0 12/10/2003 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 01002A Serious 19260502 D05 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $1,700 $2,100 $0 12/10/2003 J - ALJ Decision
  3. 01002B Serious 19260502 D06 V 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $0 $0 $0 12/10/2003 J - ALJ Decision
  4. 01003 Other 19260502 D21 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $0 $2,100 $0 12/10/2003 J - ALJ Decision
  5. 01004 Serious 19260503 A02 12/01/2003 12/09/2003 $1,700 $2,100 $0 12/10/2003 J - ALJ Decision
  6. 01005 Serious 19260105 A 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $1,600 $2,100 $0 12/10/2003 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200540912Event: 07/15/2003Employee Falls From Radio Tower And Dies
On July 15, 2003, Employee #1 and a coworker were directed to climb a 496 foot radio tower which the company had just built in March of 2003. They were instructed to rotate an antenna which was not properly installed when the tower was erected. The employees ascended the tower to approximately 430 ft using a hand-over-hand method. There was one climbing device installed on the tower which was not utilized. It was stated that Employee #1, more experienced and younger, reached the work area first and had removed the antenna. He was waiting for his coworker while wearing a positioning device rather than a safety harness. When the coworker reached the station, they began to install the antenna correctly. It consisted of 4 bolts which they were given to install while Employee #1 moved the antenna into place. The coworker told Employee #1 to raise the antenna, and when Employee #1 did so, he fell to his death. The evidence showed that the C clamp used to hook onto either the antenna mount or the bracket, rolled out during the movement, as it was not of the locking type. Employee #1 did not have a lanyard attached to the clamp which was located in front. Both employees were not wearing safety harnesses nor using any type of climbing device. Both employees' clamps were not of the locking type.
Keywords: fall, antenna
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 306769258 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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