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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 306862491 - Swager Communications Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Indiana

Nr: 306862491Report ID: 0551800Open Date: 01/23/2004

Swager Communications Inc.
4599 Arizona Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 501 East Swager Drive, Fremont, IN 46737

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/30/2004
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:03/15/2004
Emphasis: L:Fall

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170761480Event: 01/22/2004Employee Killed In Fall From Communication Tower
On January 22, 2004, Employee #1, of Swager Communications, Inc., was working on the final stages of erecting a communication tower. He was apparently changing out short structural bolts for longer ones in the northwest corner of the tower when he fell approximately 70 ft onto the frozen ground and was killed. He was wearing a full body harness with a lanyard attached to the back on a small D ring, and another short lanyard with a pelican hook on the front for positioning. The snaphook connected to the D ring on the back had another small D ring that was not designed for fall protection. The small D ring was located on the front strap of the harness; it was in a slot and not secured to the strap. This snaphook could be attached to the small D ring to hold the lanyard up while moving or working, but could not stop a fall. Employee #1 had been properly trained and was a qualified tower climber. He was wearing fall protection equipment provided by his employer, none of which showed any signs of failure.
Keywords: attachment hook, erection process, communication tower, work rules, construction, lanyard, fall, fall protection, tower, communication worker
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 306862491 Fatality Other Structural metal workers

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