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Accident: 14543862 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Backhoe

Accident: 14543862 -- Report ID: 0317740 -- Event Date: 10/19/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
86646710/20/19871611Hull Corp.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
86647510/26/19871611Yee Steel Contractors Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
86646710/20/19871611Hull Corp.
TWO EMPLOYEES WERE IN AN OPEN TRENCH INSTALLING DRAINAGE PIPE. A THIRD EMPLOYEE WAS OPERATING A BACKHOE TO DIG THE TRENCH AND TO PLACE THE LENGTHS OF PIPE INTO THE TRENCH. A WIRE ROPE CHOKER WAS BEING USED TO SUSPEND THE PIPE LENGTHS FROM THE BACKHOE. A 12-KILOVOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE WAS DIRECTLY ABOVE THE PIPELINE. AFTER A SECTION OF PIPE WAS PLACED, THE CHOKER WAS RELEASED AND PULLED FREE BY THE BACKHOE. THE BACKHOE BOOM CONTACTED THE POWER LINE AND ELECTROCUTED ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES IN THE TRENCH. HE HAD HAD HIS HANDS ON THE CHOKER AT THE TIME. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE IN THE TRENCH RECEIVED AN ELECTRIC SHOCK FROM THE POTENTIAL GRADIENT IN THE EARTH.
Keywords: backhoe boom, overhead power line, electrical, potential gradient, electrocuted, e c, electric shock, backhoe
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 866467 Non Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported
2 866475 Occupation Not Listed
3 866467 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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