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Accident Summary Nr: 200753655 - Employee Killed When Excavator Contacts Overhead Power Line

Accident Summary Nr: 200753655 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 02/18/2002
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
30436407802/19/200216290Charles H. Hamilton Company

Abstract: At approximately 12 noon on February 18, 2002, Employee #1 was helping the operator of a John Deere Excavator, model 450LC, lift a Reynolds Drag box, model LS-14, to load it onto a trailer. He was standing on the ground and was touching the tongue of the drag box when the arm of the excavator contacted a 69-kilovolt overhead power line. Employee #1 was electrocuted.

Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, excavator
Accident Details
End Use Project Type Project Cost Stories Non-building Height Fatality
Other heavy construction New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation Construction
1 304364078 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported Distance of Fall: feet
Worker Height Above Ground/Floor: feet
Cause: Site grading and rock removal
Fatality Cause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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