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Accident: 14347298 - Struck By Truck While Repairing Power Line

Accident: 14347298 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 10/04/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10105395710/07/19864911Excelsior Electric Membership Corp.
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS DISPATCHED TO REPAIR TWO BROKEN OVERHEAD POWER LINES (SPARROW #2 6/1 ACSR-BATE ALUMINUM). BOTH LINES WERE 240-VOLT SECONDARIES AND PASSED OVER A COUNTY ROAD. EMPLOYEE #1 SPLICED ONE LINE AND ATTACHED IT TO A 25-FOOT POLE. HE THEN CALLED FOR ASSISTANCE SO HE COULD REPAIR AND HANG THE OTHER SECONDARY. HIS HELP, EMPLOYEE #2, ARRIVED A SHORT TIME LATER AND PARKED HIS UTILITY TRUCK ALONG THE COUNTY ROAD. HE TURNED ON THE FLASHING YELLOW LIGHT ON HIS CAB AND WALKED TO THE 25-FOOT POLE FROM WHICH EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING (ABOUT 144 FEET FROM THE ROAD). WHILE EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ON THE POLE AND EMPLOYEE #2 WAS STANDING BENEATH, A LOADED PULPWOOD TRUCK DROVE BY AND STRUCK THE TWO LINES, WHICH WERE SAGGING ACROSS THE ROAD. THE PULL FROM THE LINES CAUSED THE POLE TO SNAP IN TWO. EMPLOYEE #1 FELL AND WAS KILLED. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS STRUCK BY THE FALLING PIECE OF POLE. HE SUFFERED A BACK INJURY AND A FRACTURED ANKLE.
Keywords: highway, overhead power line, back, truck, elec utility work, fall, struck by, falling object, utility pole, ankle
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101053957 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 101053957 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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