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Accident: 170069066 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Tree Branch

Accident: 170069066 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 08/11/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11957173508/11/19951731Communication Construction Group
While a crew was installing cable television cable, the cable got caught in a tree. One of the employees climbed the tree to free the cable. When he got the cable loose, a tree branch contacted an overhead power line. The employee apparently received an electric shock and was knocked unconscious. Another worker on the crew (the injured employee's brother) freed the injured employee with a fiberglass pole (a lay-up stick). The rescuer also received an electric shock. (His injury was not listed on an injury line on the original form.) Interviews with the employees and the employer after the accident revealed that the employees were not fully participating in the employer's safety and health program in that they were not reporting unsafe conditions, such as electric shock hazards.
Keywords: unconsciousness, electrical, tree limb, cable tv work, communication cable, e tc, tree, electric shock, communication worker
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119571735 Non Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electronic repairers, communica. & indus. equip.

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