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Accident: 767913 - Electric Shock - Potential Gradient In Earth

Accident: 767913 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 07/08/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10755094908/11/19927359Falcon Resources, Inc.
ONE PHASE CONDUCTOR OF A THREE-PHASE OVERHEAD POWER LINE BROKE, AND THE CONDUCTOR WAS LYING ON THE GROUND ABOUT TWO POLES AWAY FROM THE POLE WITH THE DISCONNECT SWITCH FOR THE LINE. A FIELD SUPERINTENDENT WENT TO DEENERGIZE THE LINE BY OPENING THE DISCONNECT SWITCH. THE SUPERINTENDENT WAS ELECTROCUTED. APPARENTLY, THERE WAS A SUFFICIENT POTENTIAL GRADIENT BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE DISCONNECT BOX TO CAUSE A LETHAL AMOUNT OF CURRENT TO FLOW THROUGH THE EMPLOYEE.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, potential gradient, electrocuted, e ptd, elec utility work, utility pole
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107550949 Fatality Electric Shock Supervisors, n.e.c.

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