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Accident: 200612737 - Employee Electrocuted When Live Wire Falls On Bucket Lift

Accident: 200612737 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 11/01/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30955980511/01/20071629Nextgen Telecom Services Group, Inc.
On November 1, 2007, Employee #1 and coworkers were installing fiber optic cable from the bucket of an aerial truck. They were working below energized electrical post insulators for a 34.5-kilovolt line owned by the Public Service Company of New Hampshire. The employees attached a come-along to the utility pole and hoisted the cable into place. They were using a metal cable to secure the fiber optic cable to the pole when the insulator and energized conductor fell from its base and landed on the telescoping arm of the bucket truck. Employee #1, who was in the elevated bucket, was electrocuted. Subsequent investigation revealed that the insulator had been previously damaged and the use of the come-along may have contributed to the insulator falling from its base.
Keywords: telecom work, electrocuted, construction, elec circ part--misc, electric conductor, struck by, falling object, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309559805 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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