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Accident: 97439.015 - Employee Is Shocked While Washing Windows From Overhead Powe

Accident: 97439.015 -- Report ID: 0352410 -- Event Date: 05/25/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1245991.01505/25/2017Shore Window Cleaning Inc.

At 4:45 p.m. on May 25, 2017, an employee was cleaning windows at a hotel using a ladder and a carbon fiber water-fed pole. The pole was approximately 35 feet l ong. The employee contacted an overhead power line with the water-fed pole. The employee sustained burns on the palms of both hands, swelling on both forearms, and short-term memory loss. The electric current traveled from the overhead powe r line, through the water-fed pole, and through the employee.

Keywords: burn, electrical, ladder, overhead power line, ppe, shock, window washer

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1245991.015 17 M Hospitalized injury

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