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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170374144 - Fall - Gaff Cut Out Of Utility Pole

Accident: 170374144 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 06/16/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11180902608/19/19934939Pacific Gas & Electric, Tri-Valley Dist
A power line worker with over 13 years of training and experience was on a 55-foot-tall utility pole. He was at the same level on the pole as a telephone line. The pole had been treated with cellon. (The practice of treating poles with this substance was discontinued in 1980 because it caused hard fibers on the surface of wooden poles.) The employee had stepped over the telephone line and was repositioning himself when his left gaff cut out. He fell about 19 feet to the ground, landing on his heels, then falling forward onto his right wrist. He was hospitalized for bilateral fractures of his heels, was treated for a closed reduction of all fractures, and was discharged after 7 days. Nothing unusual was found on the pole where the cutout occurred.
Keywords: fracture, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, utility pole, cutout--gaff
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111809026 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 170611693 - Fall - Gaff Cutout

Accident: 170611693 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 05/05/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11998907705/12/19931731International Line Builders
An apprentice power line worker was climbing a utility pole. As he was climbing he fell 20 to 25 feet to the ground. (The employee stated that he thought he might have put his right gaff into a crack in the pole. However, a post-accident inspection of the pole did not reveal any defects. The employee's gaff apparently cut out from the pole.) He struck the ground, landing on his back, shoulder first. The fall left him breathless. By the time other crew members came to his aid and called for emergency medical assistance, he had risen. Emergency medical services arrived within about 5 minutes, and the injured employee was transported to a hospital. He was hospitalized for a fractured left forearm near the wrist and for shoulder and back muscle strain.
Keywords: fracture, power line worker, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, arm, utility pole, cutout--gaff
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119989077 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers

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