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Accident: 200622272 - Employee Killed When Struck By Tree Limb And Phone Wire

Accident: 200622272 -- Report ID: 0454713 -- Event Date: 01/15/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30612833101/16/20031731Bellsouth Telecommunications
On January 15, 2003, Employee #1 and coworkers were cutting limbs from a tree that had fallen across a telephone line. The line normally would be between 18 and 20 ft above the ground at this location, but the weight of the treehad pulled it down to within 30 in. of the ground. The line was still connected to two poles that were about 500 ft apart. The workers had already cut two limbs that were straddling the line, and Employee #1 was starting in on a third limb. He had cut approximately 7/8 of the way through the limb when it broke. The phone line and the limb both jerked upward, striking him. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: tree limb, communication cable, unsecured, work rules, construction, laceration, tree, struck by, tree trimming
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306128331 Fatality Other Technicians, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause:
FatCause: Other

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