Lineman Falls from Tower (KV123)

 

What Happened?

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on February 25, 2013, a Journeyman Lineman was descending a tower which was under construction near a hillside. As the employee was descending, he grabbed a lattice that was not adequately secured, causing him to lose his balance, and fall striking other coworkers as he falls approximately 25-ft to the ground. The employee was wearing fall protection equipment, but was not properly tied off. The employee was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for blunt trauma, rib fractures, and spinal fractures.

Contributing Factors

The employee was not properly tied off.

 

What Can We Learn?

Tools

By following the Procedures, the lineman would have ensured that he was properly tied off while performing his work.

The employee should have performed a Self Check (Stop, Act, Think, Review) to verify that he was mentally and physically ready do complete his work correctly.

Traps

The lineman experienced Overconfidence in that he overestimated his confidence in climbing and descending from the tower.

Time Pressure was a factor in the lineman rushing to get the job done vs. taking the time to ensure he was working in a safe environment.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?