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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310031935 - Tower Reinforcement, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Jacksonville

Nr: 310031935Report ID: 0419700Open Date: 06/07/2007

Tower Reinforcement, Inc.
10550 St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1791/Structural Steel Erection
NAICS: 238190/ Other Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
Mailing: 2301 West Michigan Ste I, Evansville, IA 47712

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/11/2007
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Commercial Constr, S:Fall From HeightClose Case:05/02/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19260501 B15 09/25/2007 09/28/2007 $0 $4,900 $0 10/17/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201353364Event: 06/07/2007Employee Killed In Fall From Communications Tower
On June 7, 2007, Employee #1, age 19, was part of a crew installing reinforcing bars on the sides of a monopole cellular tower. Employee #1 was at a height of approximately 108 ft installing rigging equipment so the reinforcing materials could be hoisted to that level. When he climbed the tower, his safety harness was connected to a cable lifeline that was equipped with a cable sliding device. Once Employee #1 reached his working level, he disconnected from the cable lifeline to reposition himself on the other side of the tower. On the front of his safety harness, he had a pelican hook device that was used for positioning. Employee #1 also had a safety lanyard that was connected to the back of his safety harness. On the other end of the lanyard there was a rope grab device, even though a rope lifeline had not yet been installed on the tower. Employee #1 apparently connected the pelican hook to the tower, as he was observed from the ground leaning back on his harness and using both of his hands to move material. It is not known if the pelican hook came loose when Employee #1 connected it to one of the climbing pegs on the tower, or if he disconnected his hook to reposition himself. Employee #1 fell from the tower, landing on the roof of a nearby building. He sustained multiple fractures, lacerations and contusions to his head, neck, torso, and extremities, and died at the work site. The medical examiner's report listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries. The report also stated that Employee #1 had a high level of ethanol in his blood (0.13 percent) and vitreous (0.16 percent), as well as cannabinoids and nordiazepam. His coworkers admitted that they had drank alcohol the previous night until around midnight, but all denied that they drank or consumed drugs on the day of the accident.
Keywords: attachment hook, fracture, head, communication tower, alcohol, drug overdose, construction, fall, fall protection, tower
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310031935 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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