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Accident: 200960342 - Electric Shock - Contact With Underground Line Thru Loader

Accident: 200960342 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 08/20/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12737412208/20/19961794Jimmy Richards & Sons Excavating, Inc.
The operator of a metal-track Caterpillar loader (Model No. 963) was assigned to cut back a dirt bank on the side of a dirt access road for a housing development. This work was to be performed in preparation for the installation of a sidewalk. Miss Utility had been onsite for previous work. The previous day, the employer again contacted Miss Utility to locate and mark utility lines. However, before Miss Utility responded, the work began. When the loader dug into the dirt bank, its blade contacted two of three phases of a 7200-volt-to-ground underground power line. Fuses rated at 150 amperes protected the line. Wearing work boots but no gloves, the operator received an electric shock as he worked the metal control handles, attempting to back out from the contact. The employee, who was hospitalized for his injury, lost 3 weeks of work. His employer had provided him with hazard recognition training. The supervisor stated that he thought the power line was located further up the dirt bank and that he had had problems with mismarked lines before.
Keywords: electrical, e c, electric shock, loader, undrgrd power line, blind reaching
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 127374122 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Excavating and loading machine operators

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