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Accident: 200642882 - Employee Electrocuted By Power Line While Removing Sign

Accident: 200642882 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 05/11/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30664506005/12/20041795Winchester Construction
On May 11, 2004, Employee #1, part of a sign crew for Winchester Construction, was on a catwalk helping to remove a billboard. The sign was located approximately 4 ft 10 in. south of a 13.2-kilovolt overhead power line with a phase to ground of 7,620-kilovolts. He was at the northeast corner of the catwalk, removing a 9 ft tall metal conduit when it contacted the south and middle phases of the power line. Employee #1 was electrocuted and fell 36 ft 3 in. to the ground. He was wearing a fall protection harness and lanyard, but the lanyard was not secured to the catwalk.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, fall, fall protection, advertising sign, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Demolition Under $50,000 36 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306645060 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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