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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309502847 - Cornerstone Tower Service Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Wyoming

Nr: 309502847Report ID: 0855610Open Date: 04/15/2008

Cornerstone Tower Service Inc
Sec32 T50n R67w
Moorcroft, WY 82721
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7622/Radio and Television Repair Shops
NAICS: 811213/Communication Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Mailing: P.O. Box 5222, Grand Island, NE 68802

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/15/2008
Emphasis: L:WcClose Case:11/02/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100268 C 08/04/2008 09/06/2008 $2,500 $2,500 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19100268 G01 08/04/2008 09/06/2008 $2,500 $2,500 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200980951Event: 04/14/2008Employee Is Killed In Fall From Communication Tower
On April 14, 2008, Employee #1 and three coworkers were climbing a communications tower, wearing personal fall arrest systems, to realign a communication dish and add cable clips at a work elevation of 120 ft. The weather conditions were clear, sunny, dry and windy. Procedure requires the tower crew, upon arrival at the work elevation, to communicate by radio to the tower foreman and company's technician, located in a communication building. Prior to the accident, the foreman exited the building and started toward a job trailer. He looked up and observed one employee had reached the dish. The foreman returned to the building. For some reason, Employee #1 fell. Emergency medical technicians responded. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene. (Note: Narrative is not clear if the employee observed by the foreman was the employee that fell.)
Keywords: communication tower, telecom work, fall, fall protection, communication worker
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309502847 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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