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Accident: 201360062 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Parts

Accident: 201360062 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 08/10/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30102813008/10/19964911Twin County Electric Power Association
A customer had called an electric utility to complain about sparks coming from a transformer. Other customers in the area complained of air conditioners not operating properly and lights dimming. The branch manager assigned a power line worker and an apprentice power line worker to correct the problem. The power line worker climbed a utility pole to check the 25-kilovolt-ampere transformer for loose connections. (The employee failed to conduct a job briefing, test the pole, wear his flame-retardant clothing, and don rubber insulating gloves.) He grabbed the 120/240-volt secondary outside lugs on the transformer with both hands. (The inside lug was the neutral.) He received an electric shock, and his legs separated. A few seconds later, the employee fell to the ground. A deputy sheriff responded to the accident and administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to no avail. The employee had been electrocuted. The deputy sheriff indicated that there was evidence that the dead employee had been drinking.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, intoxicated, elec utility work, transformer, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301028130 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 695437 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 695437 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 06/30/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12197853007/05/19954911The Toledo Edison Co.
A power line worker was on a utility pole working with secondary distribution wiring. He was clamping dead ends from two homes to an energized 120-volt circuit. As he was doing this, he contacted the 120-volt conductor under his left upper arm and was electrocuted.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 121978530 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 170080238 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 170080238 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 09/29/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11034511310/19/19940783Magnolia Tree Co.
A line-clearance tree trimmer was trimming trees away from overhead power lines. The lines consisted of an 8000-volt, single-phase conductor with neutral, a 120/240-volt, single-phase overhead power line, and a cable television cable. According to the foreman on the job, the tree trimmer, who was working from a relatively new, insulated aerial lift, ducked down in the bucket of the lift as he moved it beneath the cable television line and the 120/240-volt secondary conductors. He trimmed some branches and then began moving back under the lines when a pickup truck approach the scene. The foreman called for the employee to hold up until the pickup truck passed. However, when the foreman looked back up, the tree trimmer was standing again, with his back against the secondary conductors. The two conductors were only 6 inches apart, and it was believed that the 280-pound, 6-foot-tall employee's momentum carried him into both conductors. The injured employee was lowered to the ground. Emergency medical services administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, then transported the tree trimmer to a hospital, where he died a short time later. He had been electrocuted. According to the employer, the line-clearance tree trimmer had prior experience and knowledge of electrical work and of the operation of an aerial lift. The employer stated that new employees work with a crew foreman for several weeks of on-the-job training before they are assigned to permanent crews. The employer could not, however, demonstrate that the deceased employee had received any training. (The crew foreman stated that he assumed that the employee was qualified.) Also, the crew was not using radio communication. It is possible that the employee misunderstood the foreman when he yelled to "hold up" and thought that it was safe to stand up.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, cpr, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, untrained, communication, tree trimming, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110345113 Fatality Electric Shock Forestry workers, except logging

Accident: 14383376 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14383376 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 09/17/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10327829709/18/19924911Illinois Power Company
AN APPRENTICE POWER LINE WORKER WAS ASSISTING IN THE TRANSFER OF A STREET LIGHT AND ITS PHOTOCELL FROM AN OLD POLE TO A NEW ONE. THE APPRENTICE APPARENTLY HAD ONE HAND ON THE BOTTOM 120-VOLT SECONDARY CONDUCTOR WHILE HIS OTHER HAND WAS ON THE NEUTRAL CONDUCTOR. HE WAS ELECTROCUTED. (HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD 45 MINUTES AFTER THE ACCIDENT.)
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103278297 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14311666 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Parts

Accident: 14311666 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 08/06/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10735745108/06/19924911Jersey Central Power & Light
A POWER LINE WORKER WAS WORKING ON A PAD-MOUNTED TRANSFORMER USED WITH AN UNDERGROUND RESIDENTIAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM. HE WAS NOT USING ELECTRICAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. HE CONTACTED ONE OF THE 120-VOLT SECONDARY CONDUCTORS AND THE GROUNDED CASE OF THE TRANSFORMER. HE WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107357451 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14523591 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14523591 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 07/20/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10883034007/22/19921731Valley Construction
A POWER LINE CREW WAS WORKING ON A 120-VOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE. IT HAD JUST RAINED, AND THE WORKING CONDITIONS WERE WET OR DAMP. WHEN THE JOB WAS ALMOST COMPLETE, ONE OF THE POWER LINE WORKERS WENT UP IN AN AERIAL LIFT TO SECURE A STREET LIGHT. THE POWER LINE WORKER, WHO WAS NOT USING ELECTRICAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WAS ELECTROCUTED WHEN HE CONTACTED THE 120-VOLT LINE.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108830340 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14219851 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Parts

Accident: 14219851 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 06/17/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10755635906/20/19914911Houston Lighting And Power Company
A power line worker was working on a 120/240-volt residential transformer. He fell forward, and his chest struck energized terminals on the transformer. The employee was electrocuted.
Keywords: elec protect equip, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107556359 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14307003 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14307003 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 09/07/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1780375009/10/19901731F. A. Tucker Corp.
A POWER LINE WORKER WAS WORKING ON A UTILITY POLE, STRINGING NEW CONDUCTORS. HE CONTACTED A 240/120-VOLT CONDUCTOR AND WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17803750 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 817114 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 817114 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 09/07/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1823108409/07/19901623Lewis H. Worrad Corporation
AN EMPLOYEE WAS WORKING FROM A GROUNDED AERIAL LIFT AT A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 25 FEET, CONNECTING AN ELECTRICAL SERVICE FOR A RESIDENCE. HE WAS CONNECTING THE SERVICE CONDUCTORS TO ENERGIZED 120/240-VOLT SECONDARY DISTRIBUTION CONDUCTORS. THE COVERING ON THE DISTRIBUTION CONDUCTORS HAD BEEN TRIMMED, AND SPLIT-BOLT CONNECTORS HAD BEEN CONNECTED TO AT LEAST TWO OTHER ENERGIZED RESIDENTIAL SERVICES. THE EMPLOYEE WAS WEARING RUBBER GLOVES AND A LONG SLEEVE SHIRT, WHICH WAS WET WITH SWEAT. THE EMPLOYEE REACHED OVER THE SECONDARY CONDUCTORS WHERE THE SPLIT-BOLT CONNECTORS WERE. HE CONTACTED THE ENERGIZED CONDUCTOR WITH HIS UPPER ARM AND WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18231084 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 764365 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Parts

Accident: 764365 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 07/31/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10660575108/01/19901731T L T Construction Company, Inc.
AN EMPLOYEE WAS BOLTING A GROUNDING CONDUCTOR TO THE GROUND TERMINAL ON A PAD-MOUNTED TRANSFORMER. THE EMPLOYEE FELL INTO THE 120-VOLT TERMINALS IN THE TRANSFORMER HOUSING AND WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106605751 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 514547 - Electric Shock - Contact With Underground Line Thru Rod

Accident: 514547 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 09/13/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10142701109/14/19891623Highlines Construction Company, Inc.
TWO ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION HELPERS FOR A POWER LINE CONSTRUCTION FIRM WERE INSTALLING A NEW UNDERGROUND CABLE. THEY HAD TO RUN THIS CABLE UNDER SOME TREE ROOTS. THEY DUG A BORING PIT 36 INCHES DEEP, THEN STARTED PUSHING A 10-FOOT-LONG STEEL ROD BY HAND TO BORE A HOLE UNDER THE ROOTS. BOTH EMPLOYEES WERE PUSHING ON THE ROD WHEN IT PENETRATED A 120-VOLT, 200- TO 300-AMPERE SERVICE ENTRANCE CABLE. THE TWO EMPLOYEES WERE ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: electrical, electrocuted, metal pole, e ptd, undrgrd power line
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101427011 Fatality Electric Shock Helpers, construction trades
2 101427011 Fatality Electric Shock Helpers, construction trades

Accident: 894584 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Conductor

Accident: 894584 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 07/10/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10573116007/10/19891623C. W. Wright Construction Co., Inc.
A POWER LINE WORKER WAS WORKING ON A 240/120-VOLT POWER LINE ON A HOT HUMID DAY. HE HAD BEEN USING RUBBER INSULATING GLOVES BUT, DURING A BREAK, REMOVED THEM. WHEN HE RESUMED WORKING, HE DID NOT PUT HIS RUBBER GLOVES BACK ON. THE EMPLOYEE GRABBED THE 120-VOLT LINE CONDUCTOR AND THE NEUTRAL CONDUCTOR SIMULTANEOUSLY AND WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, electric conductor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105731160 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 982645 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 982645 -- Report ID: 0257210 -- Event Date: 11/22/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1870368611/22/19884911Aut. De Energia Electrica-Ofic. Regional Comercial
A POWER LINE WORKER FOR AN ELECTRIC UTILITY WAS CLIMBING OVER A FENCE. HE GRABBED AN ENERGIZED 120-VOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE AND WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18703686 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14371751 - Electric Shock & Fall - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14371751 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 07/25/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10164402907/27/19884931Dayton Power And Light Company
AN ENERGY DISTRIBUTION SPECIALIST TRAINEE WITH 9 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH A UTILITY COMPANY CLIMBED A WOOD UTILITY POLE AT THE REAR OF A SUBURBAN RESIDENCE. HE WAS WEARING LEATHER GLOVES AS HE WAS GETTING READY TO CHECK THE CURRENT ON THE SECONDARY OF A 7200-VOLT TRANSFORMER. HE CONTACTED AN UNINSULATED 120-VOLT LINE WITH HIS GLOVED RIGHT HAND WHILE HE WAS HOLDING ONTO A GUY. HE STIFFENED AND THEN FELL 26 FEET TO THE GROUND. HE SUFFERED A BROKEN NECK. HE DIED OF HIS INJURIES.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, e ptd, elec utility work, electric shock, fall, fall protection, neck
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101644029 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14327944 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14327944 -- Report ID: 0316100 -- Event Date: 07/11/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10040845907/12/19881542Rockingham Construction Company
A POWER LINE CREW WAS REPLACING A 120-VOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE. AS PART OF THIS JOB, AN APPRENTICE POWER LINE WORKER WAS WORKING FROM THE BUCKET OF AN AERIAL LIFT, RUNNING A FIBER ROPE THROUGH BLOCKS SUSPENDED ON UTILITY POLES. THE APPRENTICE WAS ELECTROCUTED WHEN HE CONTACTED THE EXISTING 120-VOLT POWER LINE.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100408459 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 601468 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Parts

Accident: 601468 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 06/30/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10631358807/05/19884911Florida Power Corporation
A TWO-PERSON UNDERGROUND RESIDENTIAL DISTRIBUTION CREW FOR AN ELECTRIC UTILITY ARRIVED AT A RESIDENTIAL AREA TO CONNECT UNDERGROUND WIRING FROM A PAD-MOUNTED TRANSFORMER TO A PEDESTAL THEY WERE GOING TO INSTALL NEAR TWO NEWLY BUILT HOMES. ONE OF THE TWO EMPLOYEES, AN APPRENTICE POWER LINE WORKER, MADE THE CONNECTIONS ON THE PEDESTAL. HIS COWORKER, A JOURNEYMAN LINE WORKER, CHECKED OVER THE WORK, THEN TOLD THE APPRENTICE THAT HE WAS GOING TO CONNECT THE INSTALLATION TO THE ENERGIZED TRANSFORMER. THE JOURNEYMAN WENT TO THE PAD-MOUNTED TRANSFORMER, PUT ON ELBOW-LENGTH RUBBER INSULATING GLOVES, AND KNELT IN FRONT OF THE TRANSFORMER. HE THEN STARTED TO FEED THE NEUTRAL CONDUCTOR FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE TRANSFORMER TO THE RIGHT SIDE. AS HE WAS MANEUVERING THE CONDUCTOR INTO POSITION, HE LEANED OR FELL FORWARD, AND HIS CHEST CONTACTED THE TOP 120-VOLT BUSBAR AS HIS LEFT ARM CONTACTED A GROUND WIRE ABOVE HIS INSULATED GLOVE. THE EMPLOYEE WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106313588 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 660118 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Conductor

Accident: 660118 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 08/18/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10339077908/18/19874911Boston Edison Company
FOUR CABLE SPLICERS AND TWO HELPERS WORKING FOR AN ELECTRIC UTILITY WERE RECONNECTING 36 CABLES TO THE SECONDARY OF A TRANSFORMER WITHIN A CONCRETE VAULT. THE CABLE HAD BEEN DISCONNECTED SO THAT AN ELECTRICIAN FOR AN INDUSTRIAL PLANT COULD REPLACE ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT. THE ELECTRICIAN COMPLETED HIS WORK, AND THE CABLE HAD TO BE RECONNECTED. THE TRANSFORMER ITSELF WAS NOT DEENERGIZED BECAUSE IT CONTINUED TO SUPPLY ANOTHER CUSTOMER. THE WEATHER WAS VERY HOT WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 90S THROUGH THE DAY, AND THE TRANSFORMER CONTRIBUTED TO THE HEAT IN THE VAULT. FOR OVER 20 HOURS THE SPLICERS WORKED IN PAIRS, WITH AN EMPLOYEE OF ONE PAIR ON EACH SIDE OF THE TRANSFORMER WHILE THE OTHER PAIR OF WORKERS TOOK A BREAK FROM THE HEAT. THE CONDUCTORS BEING HANDLED BY THE SPLICERS WERE ENERGIZED AT 120 VOLTS TO GROUND, AND ONLY ONE CONDUCTOR WAS HANDLED AT A TIME. THE CONNECTION POINTS ON THE TRANSFORMER WERE ALSO ENERGIZED AT 120 VOLTS TO GROUND, WITH THREADED FITTINGS WHICH PROTRUDED FROM A RUBBER MOLD ON THE CONNECTION TREE (POST) FOR EACH PHASE. THE SPLICERS WERE HANDLING THE LIVE INSULATED ENDS OF THE CONDUCTORS WHILE WEARING ONLY LEATHER WORK GLOVES ON THEIR HANDS. THROUGHOUT THE DAY THE MEN CHANGED SHIRTS AND GLOVES AS THEY BECAME DAMP FROM SWEAT. ONE EMPLOYEE WAS HOLDING THE END OF ONE PHASE CONDUCTOR WITH HIS LEFT GLOVED HAND AS HE GRASPED THE PROTRUDING CONNECTOR ATTACHED TO THE SECONDARY POST FOR THAT PHASE OF THE TRANSFORMER WITH HIS RIGHT GLOVED HAND. THE EMPLOYEES HAD USED A VOLTAGE TESTER AND DETERMINED THAT THIS WAS THE CORRECT SECONDARY POST FOR THIS CONDUCTOR. THE EMPLOYEE WAS STANDING ON A WOODEN PLANK AND WAS NEXT TO, AND EVIDENTLY IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUNDED TRANSFORMER CASE. THE EMPLOYEE BEGAN TO SHAKE AND THEN COLLAPSED. CPR WAS ADMINISTERED BUT TO NO AVAIL. HE HAD BEEN ELECTROCUTED THROUGH HIS LEATHER GLOVES.
Keywords: elec protect equip, electrical, electrocuted, e ptd, transformer vault, elec utility work, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103390779 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 778332 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 778332 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 07/28/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10205746007/28/19871731M & M Electric
A supervisor asked a power line worker to help him pull up a sagging 120-volt overhead power line at a construction site. The power line worker, who had 10 years of experience, borrowed a 4.9-meter-long aluminum extension ladder to reach top of a 6.4-meter-tall utility pole to attach the sagging power line. While he was pulling the conductors, the ladder shifted, pinching a wire nut between the side rail of the ladder and the pole. The conductor contacted the ladder and energized it. The employee, who was touching the aluminum ground wire, was electrocuted. He also fell about 3.7 meters into his supervisor's arms. Another person administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to no avail.
Keywords: elec protect equip, extension ladder, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, ladder, e ptd, metal ladder, elec utility work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102057460 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14251771 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14251771 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/28/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301005508/27/19861623Duke Power Company - Greensboro District
AN EMPLOYEE WAS WORKING ALONE ON A TROUBLE CALL AT A RESIDENCE. THE SERVICE DROP FROM THE HOUSE TO THE UTILITY POLE HAD SOME LIMBS ON IT, AND THIS HAD INTERRUPTED POWER TO THE HOUSE. THERE WERE 10 DWELLINGS ON THE DISTRIBUTION LINE FEEDING THE HOUSE. THE DISTRIBUTION TRANSFORMER FOR THE LINE WAS 800 FEET FROM THE HOUSE, AROUND A CORNER. AFTER CLIMBING THE POLE, THE EMPLOYEE APPARENTLY DISCONNECTED THE 120-VOLT SERVICE DROP AND LOWERED IT TO REMOVE THE LIMBS. AFTER HE REMOVED THE LIMBS, HE WENT BACK UP THE POLE TO RECONNECT THE SERVICE DROP. AS HE WAS WORKING ON THE POLE, HE WAS ELECTROCUTED. NO ONE SAW THE ACCIDENT TAKE PLACE, BUT IT WOULD APPEAR FROM THE BURN MARKS THE EMPLOYEE RECEIVED THAT THE BARE END OF A CONDUCTOR CONTACTED THE EMPLOYEE ON THE WRIST. IT WAS ASSUMED THAT THE CONDUCTOR WENT DOWN INSIDE THE GLOVE, AS THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAD SEEN HIM WEARING HIS GLOVES PREVIOUSLY. NO BLANKET HAD BEEN PLACED OVER THE CABLEVISION OR TELEPHONE CABLE THAT SHARED THE POLE. ADDITIONALLY, THE COMPANY STATED THAT THE EMPLOYEE WAS WORKING AT HIS NORMAL CLASSIFICATION FOR THE TIME OF DAY, BUT THE EMPLOYEE WAS CLASSIFIED AS A METER TECHNICIAN, NOT A LINEMAN.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3010055 Fatality Electric Shock Misc. electrical & electronic equipment repairers

Accident: 14251987 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14251987 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/04/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
305394908/05/19864911City Of New Bern Electrical Services Department
A WORKER AND HIS FOREMAN RESPONDED TO A SERVICE CALL AT A RESIDENCE TO CHECK A COMPLAINT OF LOW VOLTAGE. UPON ARRIVING AT THE RESIDENCE, THE WORKER ENTERED AN AERIAL LIFT (A LINESMAN II, HI-RANGER MODEL 5FI 48PBI, SERIAL NO. 128011214, MOUNTED ON A CHEVROLET 7000 TRUCK). THE INSULATED LIFT HAD BEEN TESTED 2 MONTHS EARLIER AT 345 KILOVOLTS. THE EMPLOYEE POSITIONED HIMSELF IN THE AERIAL LIFT BUCKET BESIDE THE SECONDARY LINES ON THE UTILITY POLE. HE DETERMINED THAT THE VOLTAGE DROP WAS DUE TO A BAD SERVICE CONNECTION, POSSIBLY CAUSED BY CORRODED AND DIRTY CONDUCTORS AT THE CONNECTION. THE THREE CONDUCTORS OF THE 120-VOLT-TO-GROUND SERVICE DROP WERE DISCONNECTED AND CLEANED. THE EMPLOYEE HAD RECONNECTED TWO OF THE THREE CONDUCTORS AND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF CONNECTING THE THIRD WHEN ONE OF THE TWO RECONNECTED CONDUCTORS CONTACTED THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS BODY WHILE HE WAS HOLDING THE THIRD ONE. THE FOREMAN LOOKED UP, NOTICED THE EMPLOYEE SHAKING, AND LOWERED THE AERIAL LIFT. THE RESUCE SQUAD WAS CALLED AND RESPONDED TO THE SCENE WITHIN TWO MINUTES. THE RESCUE SQUAD BEGAN CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION IMMEDIATELY, BUT THE EMPLOYEE WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOSPITAL. HE HAD BEEN ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, cpr, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3053949 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14400782 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14400782 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 08/02/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10064180208/03/19864911Texas Power & Light, Div. Of Texas Utilities
AN EMPLOYEE OF A UTILITY COMPANY WAS WORKING FROM A UTILITY POLE. HE WAS ELECTROCUTED WHEN HIS BODY CONTACTED THE BARE CONNECTORS ON TWO 120-VOLT CONDUCTORS.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, electrocuted, e ptd, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100641802 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14505366 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14505366 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 07/28/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10185343007/30/19861623B & L Electric, Inc.
AN EMPLOYEE WAS INSTALLING A 2-INCH-DIAMETER PLASTIC CONDUIT ON A UTILITY POLE PROVIDING ELECTRICAL SERVICE FOR A RESIDENCE. HE CONTACTED A 120-VOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE ON THE POLE AND WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101853430 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14257034 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Parts

Accident: 14257034 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 07/30/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1498023908/01/19851623Williams Electric Company
AN EMPLOYEE WORKING ALONE WAS ATTACHING 120-VOLT CONDUCTORS TO AN ENERGIZED TRANSFORMER MOUNTED ON A CONCRETE PAD AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE. HE WAS WORKING IN A SQUATTING OR KNEELING POSITION ON MUDDY EARTH IN FRONT OF THE TRANSFORMER. THERE WAS A SHALLOW TRENCH 30 TO 36 INCHES DEEP AND 6 TO 8 INCHES WIDE FOR UNDERGROUND CONDUCTORS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE EMPLOYEE'S POSITION. HE WAS WEARING RUBBER GLOVES WITH LEATHER PROTECTORS. NO INSULATION WAS PROVIDED ON THE SPADE LUGS TO WHICH THE CONDUCTORS WERE BEING ATTACHED. USING A HAND WRENCH TO TIGHTEN THE BOLTS INSIDE THE TRANSFORMER, HE HAD MADE THE TWO LINE CONNECTIONS AND APPARENTLY WAS BOLTING THE THREE NEUTRAL CONDUCTORS TO THE NEUTRAL SPADE WHEN HIS BODY CONTACTED ONE OR BOTH OF THE ENERGIZED SPADE LUGS. A WITNESS REPORTED SEEING HIM STAND UP, STAGGER AWAY FROM THE TRANSFORMER, AND FALL TO THE GROUND; HOWEVER, NO ONE REPORTED SEEING THE ACTUAL MOMENT OF CONTACT WITH ENERGIZED PARTS. A FOOT-PRINT-SIZED SECTION OF DISPLACED SOIL AT THE LIP OF THE TRENCH INDICATED THAT HIS LEFT FOOT MAY HAVE SLIPPED INTO THE TRENCH, CAUSING HIM TO FALL INTO THE TRANSFORMER. HE HAD ELECTRICAL BURNS ON HIS UPPER ABDOMEN AND RIGHT FOREARM.
Keywords: electrical, electrocuted, slip, e ptd, elec utility work, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14980239 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14351076 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 14351076 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 07/17/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
209148607/17/19854911Alabama Power Co.
AN EMPLOYEE WAS WORKING FROM A UTILITY POLE IN ORDER TO RETENSION THE SAGGING NEUTRAL CONDUCTOR OF A THREE-CONDUCTOR, 120/240-VOLT DISTRIBUTION SECONDARY. HE WAS WEARING RUBBER GLOVES WITH LEATHER PROTECTOR GLOVES. THE EMPLOYEE APPARENTLY CONTACTED ONE OF THE ENERGIZED CONDUCTORS WHEN HE REACHED TO ATTACH AND OPERATE THE BLOCK AND TACKLE. HE WAS ELECTROCUTED.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2091486 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

Accident: 14525430 - Electric Shock - Contact With Service Conductor Thru Cutters

Accident: 14525430 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 09/05/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
165556209/06/19841731Harrison International Corporation
AN EMPLOYEE WORKING FROM A BUCKET TRUCK WAS SHORTENING THE LENGTH OF A 120-VOLT SERVICE DROP FOR RELOCATION FROM AN EXISTING POLE TO A NEW ONE. THE EMPLOYEE TIED BACK THE PHASE CONDUCTORS AND CUT THE NEUTRAL CONDUCTOR. WHILE HOLDING THE PHASE CONDUCTORS IN HIS RIGHT HAND, HE PROCEEDED TO CUT ONE OF THEM WITH A PAIR OF UNINSULATED WIRE CUTTERS. HE WAS NOT WEARING GLOVES. THE EMPLOYEE WAS ELECTROCUTED AND FELL INTO THE BUCKET.
Keywords: service conductor, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1655562 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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