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Inspection: 310970553 - Tricon/Towerwerks, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 310970553Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 06/28/2007

Tricon/Towerwerks, Inc.
48 Ulmer Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 110 Holt Industrial Dr., Acworth, GA 30101

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/31/2007
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:08/01/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200374247Event: 06/26/2007Employee Is Killed In Fall From Tower
On June 26, 2007, Employee #1 and his coworkers climbed a tower to a height of approximately 120 feet to begin their work. The foreman remained on the ground, engaged in related tasks. Employee #1 and his coworkers were installing bolts on the new diagonal bracing on the tower. Approximately two hours later, the foreman, a welder, and the site superintendent were on the ground preparing the welder to climb the tower. They heard someone yell and saw Employee #1 falling. He fell approximately 140 feet to the ground and was killed. Employee #1's coworkers on the tower later stated that Employee #1 had lacerated his finger and one of them gave him a piece of tape. He used it to seal the cut and then began to smoke a cigarette. Employee #1 apparently moved from a sitting position to a standing position, when he fell backward off the tower. A coworker observed Employee #1's pelican hook and lanyard unravel within the structure as he fell. There was no evidence that Employee #1 had been tied off at the time of the accident.
Keywords: installing, construction, bolt, smoking, fall, fall protection, bracing, tie-off, tower
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310970553 Fatality Other Electronic repairers, communica. & indus. equip.

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