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Accident: 202489456 - Employee Is Injured When Utility Pole Fails

Accident: 202489456 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/05/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31322991609/15/20098748Smud
On August 5, 2009, Employee #1, a lineman, was troubleshooting a power surge in a residential neighborhood. The power was deenergized in preparation for the job. Before climbing a wood utility pole, he "sounded the pole" with a hammer. After climbing the pole using gaffes and positioning equipment, Employee #1 began inspecting connections. The pole then failed at its base and fell to the ground. Employee #1 was able to move to the upper side of the pole as it fell to avoid being crushed by it. He was hospitalized for fractures of his ankle, foot, and leg.
Keywords: fracture, electrician, safety belt, lockout, elec utility work, utility pole, ankle, foot, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313229916 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians

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