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Accident: 908368 - Electric Shock - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Metal Rod

Accident: 908368 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 06/29/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12466214906/30/19941799Outdoor East
Four employees were replacing the face of a billboard. The face of the billboard was made of a single-piece plastic sheet with metal rods at the end strapped to the frame. One of the employees was unstrapping a rod. As it shifted, it contacted a three-phase 13.8-kilovolt overhead power line that ran parallel to the top of the sign, about 5.5 feet from the edge of the sign. The employee received an electric shock and fell onto a catwalk that was 15 feet below him. He had had on a safety belt and lanyard, which was hooked to the edge of an angle iron bracket on the sign. The lanyard became unhooked when he fell. The employee sustained fourth degree burns to a hand and a leg and a fractured jaw and wrist. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, snaphook rollout, metal pole, lanyard, electric shock, fall, fall protection, advertising sign, e gi ic
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124662149 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Construction trades, n.e.c.

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