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Accident: 200150951 - Two Electrocuted When Scaffold Pole Contacts Power Line

Accident: 200150951 -- Report ID: 0214700 -- Event Date: 04/07/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30763086304/08/20051761Home Exteriors, Inc.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on April 7, 2005, Employees #1 and #2 were installing vinyl siding at a house in Floral Park, NY. They were taking down 30 ft tall pump jacks when one of the poles struck the primary KeySpan wire, sending 7,620 volts of electricity through the pole to the ground. Employees #1 and #2 were electrocuted. They were transported by local fire department and EMS personnel to Winthrop University Hospital. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. and Employee #2 was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, dismantling, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, pump jack scaffold, manual mat handling
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307630863 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior cladding
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire
2 307630863 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior cladding
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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