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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $25,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $25,500
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100268 C 11/14/2012 12/08/2012 $0 $500 $0 12/06/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100268 G01 11/14/2012 11/18/2012 $5,000 $25,000 $0 12/06/2012 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200515625 Event: 06/26/2012Communication Tower Worker Is Killed In Fall
At approximately 5:50 p.m. on June 26, 2012, Employee #1, of Midwest Steeplejacks, Inc., Fargo, ND, was working with Coworker #1 on a 300-foot telecommunication tower in Solway, MN. They were pathing the tower's communication dish with another communication dish located on a telecommunication tower in Bagley, MN, where Coworkers #2 and #3 were working. The task of pathing involved the sending and receiving of microwave signals between the two dishes to align and adjust them so they communicated more effectively. Both dishes had been installed previously. Employee #1 was wearing an ExoFit XP Tower Climbing Harness equipped with a positioning device and twin lanyards. Witness interviews obtained from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department indicated that Employee #1 was using only one tie-off point when he unhooked his positioning device to reposition himself at a different location on the tower. He fell feet first approximately 153 feet. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: communication tower, construction, fall, fall protection, tower, communication worker
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316574938 Fatality Other Electronic repairers, communica. & indus. equip.

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