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Accident: 202531489 - Employee Trimming Tree Contacts Power Line, Dies

Accident: 202531489 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 01/05/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31364704201/05/20137299Ben'S Gardening Services
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on January 5, 2013, Employee 1# was conducting gardening services. The work also entailed trimming 4-30 ft pine trees. The employee climbed up one of the trees to begin his work and while using a 10 ft pruning shear pole, the employee made contact with the high voltage lines which were situated above the tree canopy. Employee #1 was standing on a branch while holding on to his pruning pole, about 30-ft above the ground. Upon contact with the high voltage wire, the employee fell and was hanging on a rope which was attached to his leather saddle. Employee #1 apparently regained consciousness and climbed back to the branch. A fire started in two places, one by the power line and the other inside the canopy. Employee #1 made contact with the high voltage line a second time and fell from the tree branch and this time, he did not regain consciousness. The employee was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead
Keywords: shock, shear, tree limb, electric cable, tree, fall, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313647042 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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