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Accident: 14418776 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14418776 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 02/14/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11597978302/15/19941623Par Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Two power line workers were removing hardware from a utility pole. They were in an insulated aerial lift, removing a bolt at the top of the pole. The guy for the pole was attached to this bolt. One of the employees climbed out of the bucket and onto the crossarm. Using a hammer and a screwdriver, he punched the bolt until he could pull it out by hand. His coworker stayed in the bucket, holding the guy. When the employee on the pole pulled the bolt free, either the guy or his hand contacted an energized jumper. He received an electric shock, and his clothing ignited from the resultant electric arc. The employee in the aerial lift moved the bucket, removed the injured employee from the pole, and lowered him to the ground. The employee on the pole was airlifted to a hospital, where he died of his injuries 2 days later. The employee in the aerial lift sustained third-degree burns on his left wrist during the rescue.
Keywords: burn, clothing, elec protect equip, electric arc, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, e ptd, guy, elec utility work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115979783 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers
2 115979783 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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