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Accident: 121743.015 - Employee Is Electrocuted While Removing Transformer From Ele

Accident: 121743.015 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 11/16/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1445287.01511/16/2019City Of Palo Alto
At 11:16 a.m. on November 16, 2019, Employee #1 was in an articulating boom lift , Altec Model AM60 and Serial Number 1016DM642, at proximately 38 feet in height from grade. Employee #1 was assisting coworker #1 in removing a transformer fro m an electrical pole. Employee #1's basket was positioned higher than coworker # 1's basket on the south side of the pole. Employee #1's basket had an arm and wi nch attached to it and his job was to keep the line taught with a transformer th at was being removed by coworker #1. Coworker #1's basket was located on the sou th side of the pole and 40 feet down below Employee #1. As coworker #1 unbolted the transformer from the pole, he felt the line between the transformer and Emp loyee #1's bucket become loose. Coworker #1 recalled shortly before that moment that Employee #1 had requested a non-insulated grip from coworker #2, who was on the ground, prepping the new transformers to be installed. Coworker #2 gave the non-insulated grip to Employee #1 via a hand line attached to Employee #1's bas ket. Coworker #1 was too busy unscrewing the bolts to mention to Employee #1 tha t he was going out of sequence and did not need the tool. When Coworker #1 looke d up, he saw Employee #1 position himself right below the high voltage lines. Co worker #1 witnessed Employee #1's electrocution between two high voltage phases of 4,160 volts. Coworker #2 got into the truck and brought Employee #1 down. EMS was on the scene when Employee #1 was brought down and started resuscitation. H e was taken to a nearby medical center, where he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: boom truck, electrical, electrocuted, overhead power line, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1445287.015 42 M Fatality Electricians

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