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Accident: 200260305 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Load Line

Accident: 200260305 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 05/06/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30198621205/07/19981623Mdr Construction, Inc
A power line crew was installing an overhead power line in a rural area. One of the power line workers was using a winch attached to a digger-derrick positioned under the line to pull the last phase conductor of the line up to the crossarm of a utility pole. The end of the conductor somehow twisted, causing it to point in a vertical position. The conductor went beneath the insulating blanket covering a conductor on a nearby energized line and contacted the energized line. This energized the digger-derrick, electrocuting an employee leaning against it.
Keywords: digger-derrick, elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, electric conductor
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301986212 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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