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Accident: 202338471 - Employee Electrocuted By Guy When Pole Strikes Power Line

Accident: 202338471 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 08/27/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30690737908/28/20031731Mastec North America, Inc.
Employee #1 was part of a crew that was digging at the base of a new 40 ft tall concrete pole to repair underground power lines. The new pole was replacing an older one that had to be relocated because of a highway widening project near a substation. The installation of the new pole had damaged the underground lines and the crew was digging to reach them. The combination of their excavating around the base and recent heavy rains caused the concrete pole to tip slightly into an existing 7,620 volt overhead power line. Employee #1 touched one of the pole's guys after it tipped and was electrocuted. The new pole did not had any power line conductors connected yet and it had only three guys, all on one side.
Keywords: excavation, overhead power line, work rules, electrocuted, construction, guy, unstable soil, utility pole, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306907379 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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