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Accident: 170070981 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Overhead Power Line

Accident: 170070981 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 06/20/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10441673006/21/19934911The Commissioners Of Thurmont
A power line worker was replacing a conductor on a 7200-volt overhead power line. As it was being raised into position, the new conductor became entangled in a loop of lacing wire from a cable television cable that was mounted below it. This ground fault was not detected in a subsequent inspection. An electrical fault occurred when the employee connected the faulted conductor to the existing energized conductor. The employee sustained burns on the side of his face, his ear, his neck, and his back as a result of the ensuing electric arc. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, overhead power line, electrical, communication cable, power line worker, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104416730 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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