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Accident: 202444477 - Employee Injured In Fall After Contact With Power Line

Accident: 202444477 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/01/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30746114509/01/20061741Gbc Concrete And Masonry
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on August 1, 2006, Employee #1, a concrete and masonry contractor, was standing atop a 10.67 ft tall block wall and installing 14.67 ft long rebar into it. During the process, a piece of rebar contacted a 33-kilowatt overhead power line. Employee #1 received an electric shock that passed through his body from his right hand to his left foot and resulted in electrical burns on his right and stomach. He fell to the ground, fracturing multiple vertebrae and his left hip. Employee #1 was transported to a hospital, where he was treated for 26 days, including skin grafts to his right arm. The damage to his vertebral column resulted in paraplegia.
Keywords: clearance, fracture, paralysis, overhead power line, work rules, struck against, construction, elec circ part--misc, electric shock, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307461145 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Brickmasons and stonemasons apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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