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Accident: 707117 - Burns And Fall - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 707117 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 01/16/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1881215601/19/19871793Blumenthal-Kahn Electric Ltd. Partnership
A JOURNEYMAN LINEMAN WAS ASSIGNED TO REPAIR HOT SPOTS IN OVERHEAD POWER LINES. THE LINEMAN WAS ASSISTED BY A GROUNDMAN WHO HAD BEEN GOING UP IN AN AERIAL LIFT WITH HIM. FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON, THE LINEMAN WENT TO A SUBSTATION WHERE NO PROBLEM HAD BEEN INDICATED. HE CLIMBED OUT OF HIS SUSPENDED BUCKET ONTO THE TOP STEEL OF THE SUBSTATION AND PLACED HIMSELF CLOSE TO ENERGIZED 34.5-KILOVOLT LINES. HE THEN TRIED TO USE A WIRE BRUSH TO CLEAN A DEENERGIZED 34.5-KILOVOLT CONNECTION WHICH WAS NEAR AN ENERGIZED 34.5-KILOVOLT LINE. HE RECEIVED AN ELECTRIC SHOCK AND BURNS TO HIS FINGERS, WRISTS, ANKLES, AND FEET. HE THEN FELL 25-FEET TO THE GROUND, CAUSING FRACTURES AND INTERNAL INJURIES. HE DIED THE NEXT DAY AS A RESULT OF HIS INJURIES.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electrical, power line worker, e ptd, substation, elec utility work, electric shock, fall, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18812156 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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