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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201162922 - Electric Shock - Contact With Underground Line Thru Loader

Accident: 201162922 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 07/03/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12610059308/13/20011531The Clc Group Inc.

Employee #1 and some coworkers were working for a general building contractor. On the day of the accident, the firm was acting as a subcontractor, excavating to a depth of up to 2.1 meters in a parking yard where water had leaked and formed a pool. DigAlert, the service that marked the ground to indicate where underground utilities were located, had been called by the general contractor at the jobsite the day before, and at the time accident, DigAlert markings were noted on the street fronting the parking yard. Exploratory excavations up to 1.5 meters deep were to be made, because there was no plat indicating the location of the underground utilities. Digging had started the day before, with Employee #1 operating a loader with a front-end attachment. On the morning of the accident, the loader hit a 16-kilovolt underground power line and cut a conductor, causing a power brownout in the neighborhood. According to the crew foreman, Employee #1 felt an electric shock. He was transported to Daniel Freeman Hospital and released less than an hour later, the examining doctor having found no evident injury. He was not hospitalized. A site investigation showed that no attempt had been made to transfer the DigAlert markings from the street to the site where the firm had been digging.

Keywords: excavation, electrical, equipment operator, construction, e c, electric conductor, electric shock, excavator, undrgrd power line, e gi ib
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill Maintenance or repair Under $50,000

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126100593 Non Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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