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Accident: 128915.015 - Power Line Worker Is Electrocuted

Accident: 128915.015 -- Report ID: 0454713 -- Event Date: 08/24/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1489625.01508/24/2020Joseph C. Mcadams
At 12:15 p.m. on August 24, 2020, Employee #1, employed by an electrical contrac tor, was preparing to install a new power line (cable) between two utility poles . The employee threw the guide twine, used to pull the cable, toward the next p ole. The guide twine arched higher than intended and made contact with the dist ribution power lines above the employee, through which flowed 2,700 volts of ele ctric current. The electric current traveled down the guide twine to Employee # 1, who was electrocuted.
Keywords: construction, contact, elec utility work, electrocuted, installing, material handling, overhead power line, power line worker, utility pole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair   22 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1489625.015 60 M Fatality Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause:

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