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Accident: 14237127 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Ladder

Accident: 14237127 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 09/06/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
142749109/11/19841531Memorial Construction Co Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
142659209/14/19841721H Castillo Paint Contractor
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
142750909/11/19841751Hernandez Trim #2
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
142659209/14/19841721H Castillo Paint Contractor
AN EMPLOYEE WAS MOVING AN ALUMINUM LADDER ALONG THE OUTSIDE OF A BUILDING. HE HAD BEEN CAULKING THE BUILDING SO THAT HE COULD PAINT IT. WHEN THE EMPLOYEE WAS MOVING THE LADDER, IT CONTACTED A 35,000-VOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE. HE WAS KNOCKED TO THE GROUND, AND THE LADDER BECAME WELDED TO THE POWER LINE WITH ITS FEET ON THE GROUND. THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY AND THREE OTHER EMPLOYEES HEARD A LOUD ZAP AND CAME RUNNING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. A FEW FEET FROM THE LADDER, THE OWNER STARTED TO ASSIST THE INJURED EMPLOYEE. HE RECEIVED AN ELECTRIC SHOCK BECAUSE OF THE ELECTRIC FIELD GRADIENTS IN THE EARTH AND WAS ELECTROCUTED. ANOTHER EMPLOYEE, WHO WAS STANDING NEARBY, WAS UNABLE TO MOVE HIS FEET AND RECEIVED ELECTRIC BURNS.
Keywords: electrical, ladder, electric shock, burn, electrocuted, overhead power line, e c, metal ladder, potential gradient
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1427491 Occupation Not Listed
2 1426592 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Painters, construction and maintenance
3 1427509 Occupation Not Listed
4 1426592 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported
5 1426592 Fatality Electric Shock Managers and administrators, n.e.c

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