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Accident: 2017.015 - Worker Is Electrocuted When Augur Contacts Energized Distrib

Accident: 2017.015 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 05/25/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
62829.01505/25/2011Thompson Electric, Inc.
At 8:45 a.m. on May 25, 2011, the operator of the digger derrick (Pitman unit Mo del Number M50-H4T, Serial Number 1082-0306) was manipulating a winch with an au ger in an unprotected/exposed energized circuit (distribution line 7200V) in ord er to dig a new hole for a new pole. After setting up a digger derrick truck to perform a pole-setting operation, Employee #1 was standing approximately 4 feet from the digger derrick while the operator of the digger derrick manipulated an auger into position in order to dig a hole for the installation of a new electr ic utility pole. According to witness statements, the winch/auger came close t o the energized distribution line, causing an arc that lasted about 5 seconds. At that point, Employee #1 fell to the ground. CPR attemps by coworkers were no t successful.
Keywords: digger/derrick, electrical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Alteration or rehabilitation   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 62829.015 48 M Fatality Electrical power installers and repairers

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