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Accident: 201342565 - Two Oil Well Employees Are Electrocuted By Power Line

Accident: 201342565 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 06/25/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30502928208/08/20021389Birk Petroleum
Employees #1 and #2 were operating an oil well pulling/drilling unit (gin pole truck) to pull an oil well. After they finished pulling the well, Employee #1 got into the truck, moved it forward approximately 15 feet, and got out of truck. He went to the back of the truck to operate the winch and brake to start lowering the truck's boom. Employee #2 was pulling and holding on to the boom cables, to keep the tension on the cable, while the boom was being lowered to prevent the cables from becoming tangled in the winch. The boom was 3/4 of the way down into the cradle when the boom contacted a 7,200-volt overhead power line. Employees #1 and #2 were electrocuted.
Keywords: gin pole, overhead power line, boom, electrocuted, oil well drilling, truck
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305029282 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported
2 305029282 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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