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Accident: 202470910 - Employee Is Shocked By Power Lines While Trimming Tree

Accident: 202470910 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 11/23/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482754411/29/20110783Economy Tree Service Inc.
On November 23, 2011, Employee #1 was working for Economy Tree Service, Inc., at a residential property. Employee #1 was trimming a large oak tree that had high-power lines running through its top part. As Employee #1 was cutting branches and new buds, he didn't realize he got within 3 feet to 4 feet of the power lines. Apparently, an arc and ground fault occurred and caused Employee #1 to receive an electrical shock. Employee #1 was tied off, and he was rescued by the local fire department. He was hospitalized. Employee #1 was not under direct supervision of a qualified tree worker at the time the incident occurred.
Keywords: electric arc, overhead power line, ground fault, electric shock, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314827544 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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