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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 892562 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Tree Limb

Accident: 892562 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 08/11/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11957173508/11/19951731Communication Construction Group
A crew of employees was installing a cable television cable. The cable got caught in a tree, so one of the employees climbed the tree to free the cable. As he was descending the tree, a tree limb contacted an overhead power line, and the employee received an electric shock. A coworker (the injured employee's brother) freed the injured employee with a fiberglass pole. The coworker also received an electric shock as he was freeing his brother. (The coworker was not listed on an injury line on the original form.) Interviews with the employees after the accident revealed that no survey of the work area was performed to determine the degree of hazards posed by the overhead power line. Additionally, none of the employees were using electrical protective equipment, and the number of rubber insulating gloves that were issued was insufficient to enable each employee to be provided with a pair.
Keywords: elec protect equip, overhead power line, electrical, telecom work, tree limb, cable tv work, communication cable, e tc, tree, electric shock
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119571735 Non Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electronic repairers, communica. & indus. equip.

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