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Accident: 201771839 - Employee Electrocuted When Metal Ladder Contacts Power Line

Accident: 201771839 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 12/10/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30339908312/10/20021799T & M Construction, Inc.
On December 10, 2002, Employee #1 and two coworkers were carrying an aluminum extension ladder, extended approximately 35 ft 3 in. and in the upright position, laterally between a building and overhead electric lines. The clearance between the top corner of the building and the overhead lines was 7 ft 10 in. The three workers were moving the ladder to the left when it contacted the power lines, which were rated at 7,600-volt AC phase-to-ground and 13,200-volt AC phase-to-phase. Employee #1 was electrocuted.
Keywords: clearance, extension ladder, overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, metal ladder
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 36 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303399083 Fatality Electric Shock Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior cladding
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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