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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170064265 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Guy

Accident: 170064265 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 07/24/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12698299007/24/19971794Diamond-Back Underground Construction
Two employees were operating a soil compactor alongside a trench. The trench was 254 millimeters wide and about 610 millimeters deep. One employee was stabilizing the compactor as the other employee was pulling it with a rope. During this operation, the employee pulling the compactor slipped into the trench and landed against a slack guy used to support a utility pole. When the employee landed against the guy, it was loose enough to contact a 12-kilovolt overhead power line. He was electrocuted.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, electrocuted, trench, e c, guy
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill New project or new addition Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126982990 Fatality Electric Shock Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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