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Accident: 202657136 - Employees Suffers Burns When Shocked By Electrical Lines

Accident: 202657136 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 11/17/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31666839111/28/20121623Wilson Construction Company
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on November 17, 2012, Employee #1 and Employee #1, Journeyman electricians were assigned to replace a jumper cable on a high voltage electrical line transmission tower. The employees landed on the High Voltage transmission tower by helicopter and began to replacing the jumper cable while standing on a platform board. Two coworkers had previously installed the platform board the day before on the high voltage electrical tower lines. The two coworkers did not ground the platform board to the tower. Employee #1 was using a screwdriver to help pry the paddle off the bolts while employee #2 held the jumper cable paddle. Employee #2 was holding onto the conductor for leverage. When the paddle dislodged from the dead end both employees received induced electrical current shock. Employee #1 and 2 called for emergency assistance and descended the tower to the ground. The employees were the taken to the Helicopter landing zone by coworkers, where they were flown to Antelope Valley Hospital. Employees #1 and 2 were diagnosed by Antelope Valley Hospital with second-degree electrical burns to their bodies. The employees were hospitalized for approximately three days.
Keywords: burn, platform, shock, electrician, electrical work, elec utility work, transmission tower
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 100
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316668391 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use
2 316668391 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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