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Accident: 202483962 - Employee Dies From Electrocution

Accident: 202483962 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 08/13/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31369846608/20/20091731Advanced Utility Service, Inc.
On August 13th 2009, Employee #1 of Advanced Utility Service, Inc. was working as a journeyman electrical lineman and was elevated in an aerial lift. Employee #1 was working to upgrade the three phases of an existing electrical distribution line to larger conductors in a residential area. Employee #1 was working at a pole with Employee #2, an apprentice electrical lineman, also elevated in a different aerial lift at the same pole and a groundman was assisting on the ground. During the process of hoisting and moving the existing energized "A" phase, Employee #1 contacted energized conductors and he was exposed to 7620 volts of AC voltage. Employee #1 was severely injured and burned. He was airlifted to a regional hospital where he survived for 6 days before he was taken off life support and he died.
Keywords: burn, power line worker, hoist, electric conductor, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 3 30 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313698466 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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