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Accident: 200840684 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Boom

Accident: 200840684 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 04/12/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30381331504/13/20011731Illinois Power Company
A crew of four power line workers, two journeymen, one foreman, and one apprentice, was digging a hole to set a new utility pole for an existing 7200-volt overhead power line. Without protecting the power line from contact by the boom, the employees used the auger on a digger-derrick to dig the hole for the pole. After digging the hole, the auger was full of dirt and needed to be cleaned before it was stowed. One of the journeyman power line workers was using the controls on the side of the truck to operate the auger. He moved the auger about a half meter away from the newly dug hole to provide clearance for the apprentice to hand clean it. The apprentice used a metal-blade putty knife to scrape the dirt from the auger. The boom operator raised the auger to make it easier for the apprentice to reach the lower blade area. When the auger was approximately 610 millimeters above the ground, the boom contacted the power line, electrocuting the apprentice. He had not been wearing rubber insulating gloves while he was cleaning the auger. The digger-derrick had not been grounded.
Keywords: digger-derrick, elec protect equip, overhead power line, protective grounding, electrical, boom, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition Under $50,000 24 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303813315 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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