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Accident: 201992039 - Employee Electrocuted When Excavator Boom Hits Power Line

Accident: 201992039 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 09/16/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30939081309/16/20051611The Ashton Company Inc., Contractors And Engineers
On September 16, 2005, Employee #1, a foreman, was at a site where a 350L Caterpillar excavator was lifting a four-cycle Mikasa rammer out of an excavation. The rammer was connected to the knuckle of the excavator bucket with a 20 ft-long metal choker. The boom of the excavator contacted the overhead power lines and, when Employee #1 reached for the rammer, he was electrocuted.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, boom, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, elec circ part--misc, excavator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309390813 Fatality Electric Shock Supervisors, material moving equipment operators FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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