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Inspection: 310778519 - Structural Inspection, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita

Nr: 310778519Report ID: 0729700Open Date: 07/10/2007

Structural Inspection, Inc.
1761 N. 1100 Road
Eudora, KS 66025
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors
Mailing: 1302 Sw Chicago Ave, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/07/2007
Emphasis: S:Fall From HeightClose Case:02/05/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201344496Event: 07/10/2007Two Employees Killed In Fall When Gondola Cable Breaks
At approximately 9:20 a.m. on July 10, 2007, Employee #1, the company owner, and Employee #2, a helper, both ironworkers, were replacing television transmission equipment 920 ft up on a 1,000 ft communications tower. They were riding a gondola-style man-basket pulled by a 1/4 in. wire rope up a trolley line that was anchored to a 16 ft flatbed trailer approximately 450 ft from the base of the 1,000 ft high tower. When the man-basket was approximately three-quarters of the way up, the wire rope line broke. The man-basket fell back down the trolley line, striking the ground and then the anchor point. Both Employee #1 and Employee #2 were tied off to the basket and were killed on impact. The coworker winch operator was not injured. The tower had been rigged approximately two weeks earlier by Employee #1.
Keywords: communication tower, telecom work, wire rope, iron worker, work rules, broken cable, construction, equipment failure, fall, aerial lift
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310778519 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 310778519 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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