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Accident: 200553204 - Employee Is Electrocuted While Working Alongside Trackhoe

Accident: 200553204 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 12/23/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30596238312/23/20031623B & K Construction Company Inc.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on December 23, 2003, Employees #1 and a trackhoe operator were installing sheet pilings in a 9-foot-deep hole that was dug for a manhole in a sewerline. The pilings were to protect the employees from cave-ins. Initially, the operator would hold up each piling with the trackhoe bucket, while Employee #1 put it into place. Then, the trackhoe would be used to push the piling into the mud. As the operator maneuvered the trackhoe to get it into position, the bucket came into contact with a high power line that contained 7,620 volts. Employee #1 came into contact with the sheet piling and was electrocuted.
Keywords: piling, electrocuted, construction, direct current, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 20 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305962383 Fatality Electric Shock Miscellaneous material moving equipment operators FallDist:
Cause: Erection of coffer dams, caissons
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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