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Accident: 200451870 - Employee Electrocuted While Splicing Together Power Line

Accident: 200451870 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 07/12/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30913979807/14/20051623Pike Electric, Inc.
On July 12, 2005, Employee #1 was part of a three-man crew that was re-establishing electrical service to customers in the Flomaton, AL, area following power outages caused by Hurricane Dennis. At the time of the accident, he was in an insulated aerial lift bucket, splicing together a 12-kilovolt electrical line. The two conductor ends were pulled together and held in position with a manual come-along (bulldog) tool. When Employee #1 was almost done connecting the two ends of the line, he grasped both ends to complete the splice. At that time. the line became energized and Employee #1 was electrocuted. He was not wearing rubber gloves. The most likely source of the electrical energy was a portable generator connected to a nearby house circuit box, which may have caused a backfeed into the conductor.
Keywords: voltage backfeed, elec protect equip, overhead power line, power line worker, work rules, electrocuted, construction, electrical work, elec circ part--misc, elec utility work
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309139798 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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