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Accident: 200774867 - Employee Killed When Scaffold Pole Contacts Power Line

Accident: 200774867 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 12/08/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31159682912/08/20071761Dave'S Construction
On December 8, 2007, Employer #1 and a coworker were erecting a pole section of a pump jack scaffold to continue siding a condominium under construction in Lowell, MA. They lost control of the pole section and it struck an approximately 7,600-volt powerline running adjacent to the construction site. Employee #1 was electrocuted and was pronounced dead at the scene. His coworker suffered only minor injuries.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, pump jack scaffold, metal pole, elec circ part--misc, lost control
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 3 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311596829 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing metal siding
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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