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Inspection: 309139798 - Pike Electric, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Mobile


Inspection Nr: 309139798
Report ID: 0418600
Open Date: 07/14/2005

Site Address:
Pike Electric, Inc.
South Of 622 Jackson St.
Flomaton, AL 36441

Mailing Address:
100 Pike Way, Mount Airy, NC 27030

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/14/2005

Emphasis: L:Ohpwrlne

Close Case:05/16/2007

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100452564
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $7,000 $70,000 $0 $0 $0 $77,000
Current Penalty $12,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,000
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 19100269 A03 01/06/2006 01/19/2006 $5,000 $7,000 $0 01/27/2006 J - ALJ Decision  
2. 02001A Serious 19100269 M03 II 01/06/2006 02/02/2006 $7,000 $70,000 $0 01/27/2006 J - ALJ Decision  
3. 02001B Willful 19100269 N03 01/06/2006 01/19/2006 $0 $0 $0 01/27/2006 J - ALJ Decision Citation has been deleted.

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200451870
Event: 07/12/2005
Employee Electrocuted While Splicing Together Power Line

On July 12, 2005, Employee #1 was part of a three-man crew that was re-establishing electrical service to customers in the Flomaton, AL, area following power outages caused by Hurricane Dennis. At the time of the accident, he was in an insulated aerial lift bucket, splicing together a 12-kilovolt electrical line. The two conductor ends were pulled together and held in position with a manual come-along (bulldog) tool. When Employee #1 was almost done connecting the two ends of the line, he grasped both ends to complete the splice. At that time. the line became energized and Employee #1 was electrocuted. He was not wearing rubber gloves. The most likely source of the electrical energy was a portable generator connected to a nearby house circuit box, which may have caused a backfeed into the conductor.

Keywords:voltage backfeed, elec protect equip, overhead power line, power line worker, work rules, electrocuted, construction, electrical work, elec circ part--misc, elec utility work

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309139798 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported
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