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Accident: 897975 - Employee Electrocuted When Guy Contacts Power Line

Accident: 897975 -- Report ID: 0355110 -- Event Date: 05/04/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30986844605/05/20061623Nichols Construction, Llc
On May 4, 2006, Employee #1 was clearing brush and trees from underneath a 12,470-volt, three-phase power line while a coworker used a chainsaw to cut the vegetation. They were working near a guy that was supporting a nearby power pole and was only anchored by being wrapped around a downed log. This wire was not connected to either of the two power pole grounds, nor was it equipped with any electrical continuity isolating device. Employee #1 either slipped and grabbed onto the guy or fell onto it, causing it to contact a "leg" off one of the three phases. The electric current caused electrical burns across Employee #1's chest. He was electrocuted.
Keywords: burn, chest, protective grounding, work rules, electrocuted, slip, construction, guy, elec circ part--misc, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309868446 Fatality Electric Shock Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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