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Accident: 200924819 - Employee Electrocuted When Scaffold Pole Contacts Power Line

Accident: 200924819 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 05/05/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31106444805/08/20071761Melendez Contracting
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on or about May 5, 2007, Employee #1 and a coworker were dismantling a pump jack scaffold. The scaffold had been built within 23 ft 4 in. of a 24 ft 3.5 in. high overhead high voltage line. The workers were lowering one of the 35 ft 9.25 in. tall scaffold poles when it contacted the 19.9 kilovolt line. Employee #1 was electrocuted and the coworker suffered burns.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, dismantling, electrical, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, metal pole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311064448 Fatality Electric Shock Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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