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Tower worker dies after falling 130 feet from hoist cable to ground - Pennsylvania.

Lentz-TJ; Casini-VJ; Pettit-TA; Hodous-TK
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 98-05, 1998 Feb; :1-9
A 32-year-old male tower erector (the victim) died after falling 130 feet to the ground from a hoist cable he was riding. The victim was a member of a seven-man crew that had completed the erection of a 160-foot-high cellular telephone tower. The crew was in the process of lowering the gin pole (device used to lift the tower sections into place) to the ground when the incident occurred. The victim had removed two choker cables securing the upper portion of the gin pole to the tower and was attempting to ride the hoist cable down to the two lower chokers when the hook on his lanyard slipped off the cable and the victim fell to the ground. Co-workers summoned the rescue squad from a nearby rehabilitation center. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents, employers should: Instruct workers not to use the hoist line for access and egress during tower construction and to maintain 100% fall protection while on towers. Provide workers with proper personal protective equipment, ensure its use, ensure that it is properly maintained, and instruct workers in the proper methods of tying off. Continually stress to all employees the importance of following established safety rules and procedures at all times. Ensure that equipment is used in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. Ensure that equipment is properly installed prior to the start of work.
Falls; Safety-equipment; Accident-prevention; Snaphooks; Region-3; Personal-protective-equipment; Fall-protection-lifelines; Construction-Search
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