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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200001493 - Employee Struck By Broken Utility Pole

Accident: 200001493 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 08/30/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30538430709/16/20024911Kansas City Power & Light Company

A three-person power line crew was removing a three-phase overhead phase line. A power line worker was in the bucket of an aerial lift, preparing to lower a neutral conductor. A tractor-trailer rig approached the area from the east, and the two employees on the ground signaled it to a stop. The employee in the aerial lift swung the boom to the south to allow the truck to pass. He remained in the bucket and, while the truck was passing, the vehicle got caught on a cable television cable. The tension on the line broke a utility pole, which struck the employee in the bucket in the back. He was taken to a hospital, where he remained in intensive care for 16 days until he died of injuries sustained in the accident.

Keywords: communication cable, power line worker, elec utility work, struck by, tractor trailer, utility pole, aerial lift

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305384307 Fatality Other Electrical power installers and repairers

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