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Accident: 200901791 - Employee Electrocuted When Excavator Contacts Power Line

Accident: 200901791 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 05/04/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30741153805/04/20061781Southern Champion Construction, Inc.

At approximately 8:50 a.m. on May 4, 2006, Employee #1 and coworkers were hydro-drilling a well using a Caterpillar excavator that had a 20 ft long, 4 in. thick steel pipe attached to the bucket using an 8 ft wire rope. The work was being done near 76-kilovolt overhead power lines. Employee #1 was standing on the ground, holding and moving the pipe, when part of the excavator contacted one of the power lines. Employee #1 was electrocuted.

Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, drill rig--non-oil, excavator, metal pipe
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307411538 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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