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Accident: 201086840 - Employee Electrocuted When Light Tower Contacts Power Line

Accident: 201086840 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 01/13/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30636057901/13/20061771Art Ramirez Inc
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 13, 2006, Employee #1, a concrete laborer, was readying a portable lighting tower to move to another site. At approximately 1:00 a.m. that morning, the tower had been parked under a 24 ft 4-1/2 in. high overhead power line and left extended at about 25 ft, with the generator and the lights on. The 18-person concrete crew gathered before 5:00 a.m. and began pouring the first slab. They turned off the generator at approximately 6:00 a.m. At about 3:00 p.m. Employee #1 began preparing the light tower for transport. He started retracting the tower by loosening a setscrew on the mast that was used to keep the lights directed. When the mast was loosened, it rotated the tower. The two-light bar tree mounted at the top of the turret contacted the 7,500-volt overhead line. Employee #1 received an electric shock and died shortly afterwards.
Keywords: overhead power line, dismantling, electrocuted, construction, tower
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306360579 Fatality Electric Shock Construction laborers

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