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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 308063056 - Texoma Contracting, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Oklahoma City

Nr: 308063056Report ID: 0627700Open Date: 04/26/2005

Texoma Contracting, Inc.
Watonga Downtown Cellular Tower
Watonga, OK 73772
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1791/Structural Steel Erection
NAICS: 238120/Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors
Mailing: Po Box 979, Muskogee, OK 74402

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/16/2005
Emphasis: L:FallClose Case:05/11/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $6,450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,450
Current Penalty $4,840 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,840
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 09/07/2005 09/12/2005 $1,125 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260020 B02 09/07/2005 09/12/2005 $1,575 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260095 B 09/07/2005 09/12/2005 $565 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19260105 A 09/07/2005 09/12/2005 $1,575 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200643211Event: 04/26/2005Employee Killed In Fall From Communication Tower
At approximately 7:45 a.m. on April 26, 2005, Employee #1 and a coworker were installing co-axial cables that would connect cellular antennas. The antennas, located on an existing 360 ft tall, triangular communication tower, were to be connected to an equipment building at the base of the tower. At approximately 10:15 a.m., after the cables had been installed, Employee #1 needed to move across the co-axial cables that had been suspended from the tower. As he was doing so, he fell about 240 ft and was killed. Subsequent investigation revealed that both workers were wearing safety harnesses with positioning devices. These devices connected to D-rings on the sides of their harnesses and allowed them to connect to the tower braces in front of them. However, neither employee was wearing a lanyard that connected to the back of their harnesses.
Keywords: communication tower, installing, telecom work, ppe, work rules, construction, lanyard, fall, fall protection, tower
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 308063056 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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