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Accident: 201360559 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Boom

Accident: 201360559 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 07/16/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30103615807/17/19981731B & B Utility Contractors, Inc.
A ground worker on a power line crew was retrieving a piece of copper wire from the back of a digger-derrick truck. (He had earlier warned a coworker to stay clear of the truck.) The hydraulic hose on the boom on the digger-derrick contacted an 8000-volt overhead power line, and the ground worker received an electric shock. Coworkers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency medical services arrived. Initial tests indicated that the injured employee had some brain activity, and no liver or kidney damage. Further testing later that day indicated that the employee had no brain activity, and he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: digger-derrick, overhead power line, electrical, boom, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301036158 Fatality Electric Shock Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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