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Accident: 201630118 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Tree

Accident: 201630118 -- Report ID: 1054111 -- Event Date: 07/25/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30186081308/11/19970851Chapparal Reforestation Inc
A forestry service company was clearing a right of way along a 500-kilovolt overhead power line. An employee of the firm was removing a tree as part of this project. The 10.4-meter-tall tree got close enough to one of the phase conductors for current to arc to the tree. The employee, who was standing on the ground next to the tree, received a severe electric shock and burns to the right side of his body from the potential rise in the earth. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, overhead power line, electrical, potential gradient, e ptd, tree, electric shock, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301860813 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Forestry workers, except logging

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