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Accident: 117645.015 - Employee Digging Holes Dies From Heat Stroke

Accident: 117645.015 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 07/01/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1412918.01507/02/2019Smith Mountain Investments, Llc
At 7:30 p.m. on July 1, 2019, Employee #1, on his first day employed by a utilit y pole services company, had dug 48 18-inch deep holes around wood telephone pol es so that other employees could perform inspections of the poles' bases. The o utside temperature was high on this day, and Employee #1 had been performing hea vy physical work since 6:30 a.m. Employee #1 collapsed and could not be revived . Emergency services were called, and he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead from hyperthermia, dehydration, and cardiac arrest.
Keywords: cardiac arrest, construction, heat, heat stroke, utility pole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair   0 0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1412918.015 27 M Fatality Inspectors, testers and graders FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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