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Accident: 202493771 - Line Worker Falls From Utility Pole Following Gaff Cutout

Accident: 202493771 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/21/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31651891909/27/20121731C Harris Inc Dba Harris Electric
At approximately 12:00 p.m. (noon) on August 21, 2012, Employee #1 was working as an electrical power installer or repairer for an electrical contractor at a jobsite located in Orangevale, CA. The contractor had recently been awarded a contract to perform basic pole maintenance on 32,000 poles for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Employee #1 had just been hired to help with this contract. Employee #1 had completed a line worker training program and was a certified pole climber with approximately one year of experience. As he was coming down from a transmission pole and approximately 10 to 12 feet (3.0 to 3.7 meters) from the ground, he "gaffed out" (or experienced a gaff cutout) and fell onto a pile of leaves on the ground. He sustained a fractured back. According to Employee #1, he was not free climbing. Instead, he was using a Buckingham Model Number 386699E positioning strap, which was compliant with ASTM standard F887-91. The spikes on his gaffs were longer than 1.25 inches (32 millimeters).
Keywords: e gi v, fracture, electrical, power line worker, electrical work, back, elec utility work, fall, utility pole, cutout--gaff
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair $250,000 to $500,000 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316518919 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:10
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall, other

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