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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201360195 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Light Pole

Accident: 201360195 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 02/07/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30102965802/11/19971731Jack Dallas, Inc.
An electrical contractor dispatched a crew to repair two streetlights. The employees removed the streetlighting poles from alongside a highway so that they could repair the wiring. The employees located the break in the wiring and began reinstalling one of the poles. They were using the boom on a digger-derrick truck to position the pole. One of the employees started walking the pole toward the concrete pedestal base. The pole shifted and contacted the phase conductor of an overhead power line. It then fell across the neutral conductor. The employee guiding the pole was electrocuted.
Keywords: digger-derrick, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, streetlighting, e ptd, elec utility work, utility pole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 37 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301029658 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Fencing, installing lights, signs, etc.
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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