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Inspection: 310027842 - Utility Service Communications Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Jacksonville

Nr: 310027842Report ID: 0419700Open Date: 09/18/2006

Utility Service Communications Co., Inc.
1100 University Parkway (University West Florida)
Pensacola, FL 32514
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors
Mailing: P.O. Box 1350, Perry, GA 31069

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/23/2007
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Construction FatalitiesClose Case:01/01/2016

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101355766    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $5,725 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,725
Current Penalty $4,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001A Serious 19100027 D05 02/13/2007 03/18/2007 $0 $4,900 $0 03/12/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100268 C 02/13/2007 11/05/2007 $4,900 $0 $0 03/12/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002 Other 19100022 C 02/13/2007 02/16/2007 $0 $825 $0 03/12/2007 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 02001 Other 19261053 B16 02/13/2007 02/16/2007 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201353240Event: 09/17/2006Employee Killed In Fall Descending Fixed Ladder
On September 17, 2006, Employee #1 was a member of a four-man crew that was installing telecommunication equipment on a 200,000-gallon pedisphere water tank. Inside the water tank structure was a 107 ft tall fixed ladder that rose from the ground to an elevated catwalk. Attached to the ladder was a North Saf-T-Notch carrier rail, part of a ladder safety device to prevent falls. Employee #1 climbed the ladder to retrieve a block and tackle that had been placed at the catwalk opening to facilitate lifting equipment. He used an Antenna Products safety sleeve to attach himself to the carrier rail, bbut once at the catwalk level, he had to undo the sleeve from the rail. After getting the block and tackle, Employee #1 hooked it to one of the side rings on his fall protection harness. He had started to descend the ladder when he fell, suffering a blunt impact injury to his torso. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he died. When he attached the sleeve to the rail to climb down the ladder, he may have placed the sleeve upside down; it would not prevent a fall if placed onto the rail in that way. It was also speculated that Employee #1 had not attached the sleeve to the rail, but a witness heard the sleeve sliding on the rail when he fell. North, the manufacturer of the carrier rail, states that it should be used only with a North sleeve; in this case the carrier rail and the safety sleeve had been made by two different manufacturers. The two different components had never been tested as a unit to ensure that they were compatible, and neither manufacturer had approved the use of two different components. There were differences in size between the North sleeve and the Antenna Products sleeve. Employee #1 had not been specifically trained about how to properly use the ladder safety device.
Keywords: installing, telecom work, work rules, construction, descending, fixed ladder, fall, fall protection, untrained, water tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310027842 Fatality Fracture Electrical and electronic technicians

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