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Accident: 200552628 - Employee Electrocuted When Laddervator Strikes Power Line

Accident: 200552628 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 12/06/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30595657512/12/20021761Sunbelt Multi-Residential Contractors, Llc
On December 6, 2002, Employee #1, a coworker, and the job foreman were moving a laddervator into position against a building to bring roofing materials from the ground to the roof. They had placed it between the building and energized overhead power lines. Employee #1 and the coworker raised the laddervator while the foreman provided kick-up bracing by placing a foot on each its feet. Employee #1 grasped the laddervator and pushed up from a high position, while Employee #2 grasped and pushed up below and in front of employee #1. Just before it reached a full vertical position, the laddervator apparently contacted the overhead lines. Employee #1 was electrocuted. The coworker suffered electrical burns, for which he was hospitalized. The foreman sustained no apparent injures. Clearance from the lines was estimated to have been less than 5 ft.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, ladder, struck against, construction, manual mat handling, elec circ part--misc
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305956575 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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