Inspection: 309725703 - Betacom,Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Birmingham
Nr: 309725703Report ID:0418300Open Date: 03/10/2006
64655 Hwy 77
Talladega, AL 35161
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors
Mailing: 11919 Jackson Road, Thonotossa, FL 33592
Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:CompleteAdvanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:SafetyClose Conference:07/25/2006
Close Case:10/23/2006
Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1

Current Violations


Initial Penalty 4900

Current Penalty


FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19260100 A 07/26/2006 08/01/2006 $4900 $4900 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201272382Event: 03/10/2006Employee Is Killed When Struck By Antenna
On March 10, 2006, workers from a company were using a rigging system, consisting of a rope, to lower a 50 lb antenna from a communications tower 400 ft high. For some reason the rope broke, and the antenna fell approximately 260 ft. At the same time, Employee #1 and three coworkers, employees of Betacom, Inc., were leaving the communications tower building for lunch when they heard a warning call indicating that something was falling. Employee #1 and his coworkers ran for cover. Employee #1 was struck in the head by the antenna and was killed. Upon further investigation, it was determined neither Employee #1 or the coworkers from Betacom, Inc., were wearing hard hats.
Keywords: construction, struck by, head, falling object, hard hat, rigging, antenna, equipment failure, rope, communication tower
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309725703 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported