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Accident: 200073138 - Employee Suffers Electric Shock In Work On Power Line, Later

Accident: 200073138 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 03/15/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31040055103/26/20071623Billings & Garrett, Inc.

On March 15, 2007, the assistant foreman and track hoe operator instructed Employee #1 to get into the backhoe bucket to be lifted to power lines crossing the roadway. From the raised bucket, Employee #1 used rope to tie together three lower lines to increase the height of the wires. He was then raised to the energized top wire to tie the bundle of lower wires to it to increase their height. Employee #1 was apparently holding the three wires in his hand while being raised to the top wire, when either the bucket struck the line or he lost his balance and contacted the hot top wire. He suffered an electric shock and was set on fire, falling approximately 21 ft to the ground. Emergency Medical Services was called and transported Employee #1 to the local hospital, where he died nine days later.

Keywords: overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, electric shock, fall, lost balance, backhoe, backhoe bucket
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310400551 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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