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Accident: 202013777 - One Killed, One Burned When Aerial Lift Strikes Power Line

Accident: 202013777 -- Report ID: 0216000 -- Event Date: 09/24/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30438383909/25/20021761Renaissance Siding Restoration Group Corp.
On September 24, 2002, Employee #1 parked an aerial lift truck directly under a 28 ft 6 in. high transmission line. He was using the ground controls to raise the bucket when it contacted the 69-kilovolt line. Current flowed through the lift, Employee #1, and a box truck parked adjacent to the lift. The close proximity of the truck may have prevented Employee #1 from escaping the area after contacting the line. There were actually holes in the side of the box truck where the current passed through the employee's body from the aerial lift to the box truck. Employee #2 went over to aid Employee #1 and sustained serious burns when a second flash occurred. Employee #1 was killed and Employee #2 was hospitalized. OSHA later learned that the utility company manually reclosed the breaker after approximately 2.5 minutes, but it retripped and then was left open. The employer did not post and maintain proper warning signs, although employees said that they were told to keep equipment at least 20 ft away from the lines. It was apparently company practice to park and stow the lifts in the parking lot and raise the bucket a considerable distance above the ground.
Keywords: burn, clearance, overhead power line, work rules, fire, struck against, construction, elec circ part--misc, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304383839 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Roofers FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire
2 304383839 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Roofers FallDist:

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