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Accident: 601310 - Electric Shock & Burn - Contact With O'Head Line Thru Rod

Accident: 601310 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 03/18/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10158123903/22/19881623Florida Power & Light Company

TWO EMPLOYEES WERE MOVING A 7620-VOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE FROM A TRANSFORMER BANK TO A NEW POLE AND TRANSFORMER CLUSTER. ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES, WHO WAS WORKING FROM AN AERIAL LIFT, REMOVED SOME 59-INCH-LONG ARMOR RODS FROM EACH OF THE THREE PHASE CONDUCTORS ON THE WESTERN-MOST POLE AND PLACED THEM IN THE BUCKET OF THE AERIAL LIFT. THE ARMOR RODS PROTRUDED FROM THE EDGE OF THE BUCKET FOR ABOUT 9 TO 14 INCHES. THE SECOND EMPLOYEE TOLD THE EMPLOYEE IN THE AERIAL LIFT TO REMOVE SOME OF THE RUBBER LINE HOSE FROM THE CONDUCTORS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CENTER POLE. THE EMPLOYEE IN THE AERIAL LIFT MOVED THE BUCKET, REMOVED THE FURTHERMOST LINE HOSE, AND DROPPED IT INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE BUCKET. APPARENTLY, THIS HOSE FELL ONTO THE ARMOR RODS, CAUSING THEM TO MOVE AND CONTACT THE POWER LINE. THERE WAS AN ELECTRIC ARC INSIDE THE BUCKET. THE EMPLOYEE IN THE BUCKET WAS ELECTROCUTED. WHEN THE BUCKET WAS LOWERED TO THE GROUND, THE SECOND EMPLOYEE RECEIVED BURNS TO HIS HANDS AS HE TRIED TO PUT OUT THE RESULTING FIRE AND APPLY FIRST AID.

Keywords: burn, clothing, metal wire, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, aerial lift

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101581239 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers
2 101581239 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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