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Accident: 201088069 - Employee'S Hand Burned When Shocked By Utility Pole Guy

Accident: 201088069 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 06/05/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12589014511/02/20061623Diversified Utility Services Inc
On June 5, 2006, Employee #1, who worked for a repairer and installer of high-voltage equipment and power lines, was changing 60-kilovolt-ampere conductors from an old pole to a new pole at a site in Richgrove, CA. He was touching a "dead" conductor when he decided to check the tension of the guy for the new pole. The potential energy from surrounding conductors energized the "dead" conductor and he received a shock when he touched the guy. Employee #1 sustained burns to both hands and he was transported to UMC Hospital in Fresno, CA, for treatment.
Keywords: burn, power line worker, struck against, construction, guy, elec circ part--misc, elec utility work, electric shock, utility pole, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 40
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125890145 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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