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Accident: 106813.015 - Employee Contacts Power Line And Is Killed

Accident: 106813.015 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 01/01/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1289091.01501/19/2018Herman Weissker Inc
At 9:00 a.m. on January 1, 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker were working for an electrical contractor. The employees were tasked with relocating three conductors from an old utility pole, measuring about 90 feet tall, to a new tubular steel pole, measuring approximately 130 feet tall. After two of the conductors had been relocated, Employee #1 and the coworker, while working from an elevated basket, began attaching the rigging lines to the third conductor in preparation for separating it from the old pole. The elevated basket, which was attached to a 40 Ton mobile truck crane, was being controlled by a foreman that was located on the ground. As the elevated basket was repositioned, Employee #1 came into contact with the third conductor that was energized at 115 kV. The coworker observed smoke coming from Employee #1s body and signaled for the foreman to lower the basket. Emergency services were contacted and CPR performed. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby community hospital and soon transferred to another medical center for treatment where he died. The incident investigation identified that Employee #1 and the coworker had bonded the basket and rigged a conductor grip (attached to a line to a block then running to the ground) to the bottom phase; however, removed the bond just before repositioning the basket before attempting to transfer the third conductor.
Keywords: electric shock, electrocuted, power lines, electrical work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1289091.015 32 M Fatality Electric Shock Electrical Power-Line

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