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Accident: 85374.015 - Worker Taking Down Cellular Tower Is Electrocuted When Boom

Accident: 85374.015 -- Report ID: 0453730 -- Event Date: 05/16/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1148336.01505/16/20161799130147 - Ron Haugen
At approximately 1:10 p.m. on May 16, 2016, an employee was working for a firm o f specialty trade contractors. He and some coworkers were working at a site wher e an old cellular tower had been dismantled on Sunday, May 15, 2016, the day bef ore. The tower had already been removed and hauled away for scrap at the time of the incident. The workers were pulling up 2.4-meter by 4.9-meter (8-foot by 16- foot) wooden mats, similar to pallets. The mats had been used as a makeshift roa d to let a Mantex 30100 boom truck to access a fenced-in area. The workers had i nitially dragged the mats into place using a pickup truck. The workers elected t o use the boom truck to remove the mats. There was an overhead power line some 5 .5 to 6.1 meters (18 to 20 feet) above them. It was energized at 13.2 kV. The tr uck's boom was raised and near the overhead power line. Extending from the boom was a cable with a hook. The employee was holding the hook. He moved it a few me ters or feet laterally. It came into contact with a phase conductor. The employe e was electrocuted. A coworker was standing a few meters or feet away ready to place a sling on the hook. He was not injured.
Keywords: antenna, boom truck, construction, e gi ia, electric conductor, electric shock, electrical, electrocuted, load line, overhead power line, telecom work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1148336.015 38 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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