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Accident: 201360260 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 201360260 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 02/19/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30102967402/20/19971623P & E Electric Co., Inc.
An electric utility hired an electrical contractor to install service to a new subdivision. The contractor's crew had installed and energized the new line and needed to adjust the sag on the line and install a streetlight. The supervisor was across the street adjusting the tension on an anchor to reduce the sag. According to the supervisor, one of the employees on the crew, without being told to, elevated himself in an aerial lift. The employee was wearing a hardhat, positioning belt and lanyard, rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors, jeans, and a shirt that was neither 100 percent cotton nor flame resistant. He maneuvered the bucket on the aerial lift next to an open cutout switch, the top of which was energized. He contacted the energized portion of the switch with his elbow and was electrocuted. (His clothing also ignited and burned away from his upper body.)
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, cutout switch, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301029674 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Solid Web-Connecting
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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