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Accident: 201361938 - Employee Electrocuted When Crane Line Contacts Power Line

Accident: 201361938 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 03/10/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30431817303/10/20031611Oddee Smith Construction Inc.
On March 10, 2003, Employee #1 and coworkers were working for a company that was making bridge repairs. Mats constructed of treated timbers were stored underneath the 13,200-kilovolt phase-to-phase, 7,620 phase-to-neutral, three-phase power lines. The phases were 32 ft above ground and parallel to the county road. A crane was parked in the road, 20 ft from the roadside phase. One coworker was standing on the timber mats, holding a leg of a 20 ft wire rope sling which was placed on the hook of the load line. Employee #1, who was standing on the ground, was pulling the sling to get more slack. in the process, the crane load line contacted the overhead line. The coworker on the mat was not injured, but Employee #1 was electrocuted. The burned spots on the crane cable were located approximately 15 ft above the hook.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, repair, crane boom, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, sling
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304318173 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Pile driving
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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