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Accident: 126922.015 - Employee Is Electrocuted And Killed While Removing Tree Limb

Accident: 126922.015 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 05/20/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1478605.01506/12/2020A Tyler Landscaping
At 2:50 p.m. on May 20, 2020, an employee was trimming tree branches near overhe ad power lines. The employee was working on a tow behind lift with a maximum re ach of 55 feet 3 inches. The employee was using a pole pruner to remove limbs f rom the tree. A 'V' shaped limb got hung up on a 23 kV overhead power line. The employee attempted to cut on the side of the limb in an effort to get the limb to fall off of the power line. The employee was electrocuted while attempting to do this. He had burn marks to his left hand and back. The employee was electr ocuted after the pole pruner and/or branch made contact with a 23 kV overhead po wer line.
Keywords: back, burn, electrocuted, hand, overhead power line, tow truck, tree limb, tree pruner, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1478605.015 32 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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