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Accident: 201363496 - Employee Is Electrocuted By Overhead Powerline

Accident: 201363496 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 12/09/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31362809112/15/20097349Robert Lee Williams
Employee was hanging outdoor Christmas light on a cedar tree. Employee was standing and working from a basket of a bucket truck. A 14,400 volt overhead powerline was located 14 feet from cedar tree. The basket of the bucket truck was positioned between the cedar tree and overhead powerline. When a string of Christmas lights being placed by the employee on the cedar tree contacted the overhead powerline, the employee was electrocuted.
Keywords: power line worker, electrocuted, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 26 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313628091 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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