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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1618068.015 - Frontier Communications

Inspection Information - Office: Fort Worth


Inspection Nr: 1618068.015
Report ID: 0636900
Date Opened: 08/26/2022

Site Address:
Frontier Communications
Near Intersection Novice Avenue And North Trinity
Winters, TX 79567

Mailing Address:
3020 14th Street, Brownwood, TX 76801

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 517919 

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/26/2022

Emphasis: L:Gifall

Case Closed: 09/30/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1938547
Case Status: CLOSED

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 149236.015
Event: 08/24/2022
Employee Is Killed By Electrocution After Contacting Overhea

At 3:50 p.m. on August 24, 2022, an employee was repairing a digital communicati ons line. The communications line was mounted on poles shared with high voltage power lines and was mounted approximately 8 feet below the energized lines. The employee used a truck mounted aerial lift to reach the location of the cable rep air. The placement of the truck interfered with the employee's ability to rotate the platform into place due to the location of an adjacent tree. The employee e levated the lift over the height of the tree so that he could rotate the lift to position it. Once over the tree, the employee had to lower the lift to perform the repair. After the repair was completed, the employee raised the lift to foll ow the same path he took to enter the lines. The employee's head contacted the o verhead powerline, and he was killed by electrocution. The employee was not wear ing a non-conductive hard hat and the lift was not insulated.

Keywords:aerial lift, communication cable, communication worker, electric shock, electrified, electrocuted, high voltage, insulation, misjudgement, misjudgement of hazardous situation, overhead power line, repair

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1618068.015 Fatality Telecomm: Line Installers And Repairers
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