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Accident: 608463 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 608463 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 08/13/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10283392808/16/19901731J. & L. Line Contractors, Inc.
A CREW FOREMAN, WHO HAD WORKED FOR HIS EMPLOYER FOR 10 YEARS, WAS INSTALLING A NEW CABLE TELEVISION CABLE. HE WAS WEARING ONLY TENNIS SHOES AND DENIM SHORTS. THE NEW CABLE WAS BEING INSTALLED BETWEEN A TELEPHONE LINE AND A 25-KILOVOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE. HE WAS WORKING IN A METAL-BASKET-TYPE AERIAL LIFT. THE AERIAL LIFT TRUCK WAS NOT GROUNDED, NOR WERE ITS OUTRIGGERS EXTENDED. THE TWO GROUND WORKERS ON THE CREW WERE USING A 4-WHEELED HONDA VEHICLE AND A GRASS ROPE TO PULL THE NEW LINE. THE NEW LINE GOT HUNG UP, AND THE CREW FOREMAN TOLD THE GROUND WORKERS TO "WAIT A MINUTE". THE GROUND WORKERS STOPPED AND WAITED. A SHORT TIME LATER, ONE OF THE GROUND WORKERS NOTICED SMOKE AT THE LINE LEVEL. THE FOREMAN WAS FOUND ELECTROCUTED. HE HAD A BURN SMELL ON HIS HANDS, A BLISTER ON HIS LEFT INDEX FINGER, AND A BURN MARK (A 1-INCH-DIAMETER HOLE) IN HIS PELVIC AREA. THE AERIAL LIFT'S BOOM WAS AGAINST A PINE TREE, AND BURN MARKS WERE FOUND THERE.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, cable tv work, communication cable, e tc, electrocuted, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102833928 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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