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Accident: 200802072 - Employee Receives Electrical Shock, Hand Later Amputated

Accident: 200802072 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 08/20/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31076786809/09/20081731Mp Systems, Inc. Dba Pieperline
Employee #1, an apprentice lineman, was elevated in a dielectrically tested bucket to measure for streetlight and transformer relocation on a pole. Employee #1 came into contact with the primary feeder line while not wearing protective sleeves. Employee #1's right hand was later amputated, and some loss of use is expected in his left arm which came into contact with the streetlight mast. The crew foreman was not close-by when Employee #1 went up in the bucket to perform the work. Due to short-term memory loss, it is not known why Employee #1 ended up within the minimum approach distance of the energized line. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, electrician, electrocuted, electrical work, electric shock, utility pole, hand, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 12
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310767868 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electricians' apprentices FallDist:
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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