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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1519826.015 - Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association

Inspection Information - Office: Dallas


Inspection Nr: 1519826.015
Report ID: 0626300
Date Opened: 03/16/2021

Site Address:
Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association
20015 Cr 2147
Whitehouse, TX 75791

Mailing Address:
29880 Hwy. 69 N, Rusk, TX 75785

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 221121/Electric Bulk Power Transmission and Control

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 03/16/2021

Emphasis: L:Constr6

Case Closed: 09/28/2021

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1750120
Referral 1746522 Yes
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $9,557 $0 $0 $1,366 $0 $10,923
Current Penalty $7,168 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,168
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001A Serious 19260950 B01 I 08/31/2021 09/27/2021 $9,557 $9,557 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
2. 01001B Serious 19260960 C01 III 08/31/2021 09/27/2021 $7,168 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 02001 Other 19040040 A 08/31/2021 09/27/2021 $1,366 $1,366 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 134355.015
Event: 03/15/2021
Employee Dies After Receiving Electric Shock

At 2:00 p.m. on March 15, 2021, Employee #1 and his coworkers were on site to in stall a utility pole and security light for a customer on personal property. The decision was made to perform the work without deenergizing the 14,400 volt powe r lines so that customers would not be affected. The crew had off loaded the po le into the ditch parallel to the utility lines however, the ground in the ditch was not firm enough so the foreman moved the vehicle up onto the roadway for mo re solid ground. The operator/foreman reset the outriggers on the digger derrick and was going to move the utility pole from the ditch, over the fence to the ot her side of the overhead power lines. When the lift was made, the mast of the de rrick contacted one of the phases and the vehicle was energized. The operator wa s not injured; however, the employee who had rigged for the lift and was standin g 3-5 feet away from the digger derrick, received an electrical shock. He was ho spitalized and died from his injuries nine days later.

Keywords:digger/derrick, elec utility work, electric shock, electrocuted, power lines, utility pole

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1519826.015 Fatality Electricians' apprentices
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