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Accident: 131925.015 - Employee Is Decapitated By Overhead Power Line

Accident: 131925.015 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 12/15/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1507759.01512/21/2020Best Of Canaan, Llc

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on December 15, 2020, an employee was cleaning snow a nd ice from an employer-owned vehicle located in the employer's parking lot adja cent to the highway. An electric distribution line runs parallel to the highway, opposite the employer's parking lot. An overhead branch line runs from this di stribution line, across the highway and continues across the employer's parking lot to a pole-mounted transformer located at the rear of the parking lot. A tra ctor-trailer driving northbound on the highway struck and caught this overhead p ower line which was hanging low due to snow and ice build-up on the line. The l ine was pulled tight then snapped loose from the transformer which caused the li ne to whip across the parking lot. The whipping line struck the employee in the neck and killed the employee.

Keywords: decapitated, neck, overhead power line, transformer

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1507759.015 52 F Fatality Housekeepers and butlers

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