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Accident: 79961.015 - Employee Positioning Utility Pole Is Struck And Killed By Pu

Accident: 79961.015 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 09/30/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1095857.01509/30/2015Pacific Gas & Electric
At 1:15 p.m. on September 30, 2015, an employee was working for an electric powe r utility. He was part of a crew placing a wooden utility pole into position. Th ey were using ropes, a sling, a 360-millimeter (14-inch) Lindsey 501-2 pulley, a nd a digger derrick truck to pull the pole into position. While the pole was bei ng pulled into position, it became lodged in the dirt and brush. The employee at tempted to free the pole. He was using a peavey tool, which is, a logging tool c onsisting of a handle, generally from 0.76 to 1.27 meters (30 to 50) inches long , with a metal spike protruding from the end. He was using this tool to rock the pole free while it was still being pulled on by the line truck. The pulley was secured to a manzanita stump with a 25-milllimeter (1-inch) fiber sling. The sli ng failed, and the pulley was launched toward the employee. It struck him in the head and he was killed.
Keywords: digger/derrick, elec utility work, flying object, head, load line, load stakes, material handling, mech malfunction, power line worker, pulley, rigging, struck by, utility pole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 45 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1095857.015 40 M Fatality Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite

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