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Accident: 201502911 - Employee Burned In Arc Blast Between Boom And Power Lines

Accident: 201502911 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 08/27/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12563892408/27/20011742Bay Plastering
On August 27, 2001, Employee #1 was driving an aerial device with the telescoping boom elevated to a height of 37 ft 4 in. above grade. He was passing below 230,000-volt, 800-ampere energized power lines when the energy field from the lines arced to the structural metal of the boom. The resulting arc blast inflicted second- and third-degree burns to Employee #1's body. He was hospitalized in a burn unit, where he underwent reconstructive plastic surgery.
Keywords: burn, boom truck, clearance, electric arc, overhead power line, boom, work rules, construction, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125638924 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Plastering
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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