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Accident: 106041.015 - Tree Worker Is Electrocuted When A Branch Hits A Power Line

Accident: 106041.015 -- Report ID: 0355116 -- Event Date: 05/25/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1318833.01505/25/2018To The Top Tree Service
At 11:45 a.m. on May 25, 2018, an employee was working for a landscaping service . He and a coworker were engaged in tree trimming operations. His helper was on the ground, and the employee was aloft. A tree branch approximately 6.4 meters ( 21 feet) in length that was overhanging an overhead power line by approximately 3.0 meters (10 feet). The power line was energized at 19.9 kV. The plan was for the helper on the ground to suspend the branch by means of a rope system that wa s rigged in the tree. The employee would then pull the branch toward himself, cl earing the power line. Instead, after the employee cut the tree branch, it made contact with the power line while the employee was still holding onto it. He was electrocuted.
Keywords: clearance, e gi iii, electric shock, electrocuted, overhead power line, power lines, tree, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1318833.015 29 M Fatality Agricultural and food scientists

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