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Accident: 201065182 - Employee Fell While Climbing Utility Pole

Accident: 201065182 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/27/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30079136509/04/20024911San Diego Gas And Electric
A journeyman power line worker was climbing a wood utility pole to repair an insulator on a 4160-volt overhead power line. He was wearing a tool belt and 40-millimeter-long pole climbing gaffs made by M. Klein and Sons. When he was about 10 to 12 meters up the pole, he fell. He was hospitalized with a fractured right femur, pelvis, and right wrist, eight cracked ribs, and a collapsed lung. The employee was not sure why he fell, perhaps because a gaff hit a knot or check and did not grip well.
Keywords: fracture, power line worker, pelvis, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, utility pole, cutout--gaff, leg, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300791365 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers

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