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Accident: 200771780 - Employee Injured In Fall From Boom Following Electric Shock

Accident: 200771780 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 03/05/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30381063403/06/20021794Northwest Excavating Inc.

On March 5, 2002, Employee #1, of Northwest Excavating, Inc., climbed up onto the boom of a Cat excavator EX-6 to mark overhead lines with warning tape. In the process, he contacted the 13.8-kilovolt power line. He received an electric shock that caused him to fall off the boom. He dropped approximately 16 ft and landed, face first, onto large gravel. Employee #1 sustained multiple injuries, for which he was hospitalized.

Keywords: overhead power line, work rules, struck against, construction, earthmoving equip, electric shock, excavator, fall
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 2 28

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303810634 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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