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Accident: 202476164 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Falling Power Pole

Accident: 202476164 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 07/26/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31266162208/03/20091731Henkels & Mccoy, Inc.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on July 26, 2009, Employee #1, an apprentice lineman, and three other workers, were removing a 36 ft tall old wooden power pole using aerial devices. A 5 ft by 7 ft 5 in. section of the old wooden power pole was cut and rolled off the aerial basket's edge to the ground by one of the other workers without ensuring no one was below. Employee #1 was wearing a hard hat and standing approximately 15 ft. from the pole, when the pole struck him. Employee #1 was knocked unconscious to the ground. Employee #1 was hospitalized. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the power pole was not lowered to the ground in a controlled manner nor was the area below effectively barricaded.
Keywords: fracture, head, unconsciousness, hard hat, shoulder, power line worker, back, struck by, falling object, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312661622 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians' apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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