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Accident: 201610672 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 201610672 -- Report ID: 1054118 -- Event Date: 09/28/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30205061209/28/19980783Arbor Tree Surgery Inc
A line-clearance tree trimmer was in an aerial lift trimming trees away from overhead power, cable television, and telephone lines. Apparently, as the employee started to raise the bucket, he hooked the cable television line on the controls, trapping them in a position raising the bucket. As he was trying to lift the cable from the controls, the employee continued to be elevated into the three 12-kilovolt power line conductors above him. He received an electric shock and sustained multiple burns where he contacted the three conductors. The ground worker lowered the injured employee, started first aid, and summoned emergency medical services. The injured employee was hospitalized in a burn center.
Keywords: burn, overhead power line, electrical, communication cable, e ptd, elec utility work, electric shock, aerial lift controls, tree trimming, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302050612 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Forestry workers, except logging

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