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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310253687 - Gritz Towers, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 310253687Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 07/30/2007

Gritz Towers, Inc
5240 Hwy 317
Franklin, LA 70538
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 238990/All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Mailing: 1113 N Us Hwy 183, Goliad, TX 77963

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/30/2007
Close Case:11/08/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $2,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,800
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 19260502 D05 09/27/2007 10/05/2007 $0 $2,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200554988Event: 07/27/2007Employee Killed In 380 Ft Fall From Tower
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on August 27, 2007, Employee #1 and two coworkers had completed installing a Jenn arm (tower extension) on top of a tower in preparation for adding another section to the tower. The Jenn pole was in place when one of the coworkers descended the tower because it had started to rain. Employee #1 was instructed to bring the cable line down after putting it in the roller block. He placed the cable in the block and was moving around the tower away from the other coworker, who was stationary at the time. This coworker heard a grunt, looked up at Employee #1, and saw that he was using his elbows and arms to hold onto the wind lacing on the tower. The coworker was halfway around the tower from Employee #1 and watched as he slipped from the lacing and fell 380 ft to his death.
Keywords: communication tower, telecom work, work rules, slip, construction, fall, fall protection, communication worker
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310253687 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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