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Inspection: 309671519 - Wilbur L. Anderson Inc. Dba Western Towers

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi

Nr: 309671519Report ID: 0626000Open Date: 01/19/2006

Wilbur L. Anderson Inc. Dba Western Towers
Txdot Maintenance Facility, Tx Hwy 100
Laguna Vista, TX 78578
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 238990/All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Mailing: 320 W. 26th Street, San Angelo, TX 76903

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/11/2006
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Construction FatalitiesClose Case:07/13/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $9,150 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,150
Current Penalty $4,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,200
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 07/11/2006 07/17/2006 $1,100 $2,100 $0 07/17/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 07/11/2006 08/25/2006 $2,100 $2,100 $0 07/17/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260105 A 07/11/2006 07/17/2006 $1,000 $2,100 $0 07/17/2006 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Serious 19260251 A01 07/11/2006 07/14/2006 $0 $2,100 $0 07/17/2006 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01005 Serious 19260550 A06 07/11/2006 07/19/2006 $0 $750 $0 07/17/2006 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200211928Event: 01/19/2006Employee Is Killed When Communication Tower Falls
Employee #1 was raised to near the mid-point of a 90-ft-tall monopole communications tower. The tower was to be removed and replaced by a new self-supporting tower. He secured himself to the pole with a work positioning belt. While Employee #1 was wrapping a nylon sling around the pole, the ground crew removed all of the nuts which secured the base of the pole to the anchorage bolts. The pole had not been secured at the top to prevent toppling. As soon as the last nut was removed, the pole leaned in a northerly direction with Employee #1 still attached to the pole. When the pole fell to the ground, Employee #1 struck the ground and was killed.
Keywords: head, communication tower, work rules, struck against, walking surface, fall, concussion, communication, aerial lift, communication worker
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309671519 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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