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Accident: 200821809 - Employee Paralyzed In Fall After Electric Shock

Accident: 200821809 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 08/06/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30515619210/01/20021623H.C. Price Co., Inc.
On August 6, 2002, Employee #1, a pipeline crew member, and coworkers were moving an excavator underneath a 7,200-volt power line when the boom contacted the neutral line. The excavator stopped, and Employee #1 climbed up on the boom to lift the neutral line and allow the excavator to move foward. During this process, one of his shoulders contacted the primary power line and he received an electric shock. Employee #1 fell approximately 15 ft from the boom to the ground. He was hospitalized and treated for electrical burns, lacerations, contusions, and a compressed vertebra, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Keywords: burn, paralysis, overhead power line, work rules, struck against, elec circ part--misc, electric shock, excavator, fall, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305156192 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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