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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 954602 - Burn - Contact With Overhead Line Thru Light Pole

Accident: 954602 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 07/20/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10573992407/21/19891731Albright Electric, Inc.
SIX EMPLOYEES WERE SETTING A 30-FOOT FIBERGLASS STREETLIGHT POLE, BY HAND, INTO A 44-INCH HOLE THAT HAD BEEN DUG IN THE GROUND. THE LIGHT AND POLE HAD BEEN WIRED WITH A NO. 12 AWG COPPER CONDUCTOR BEFORE THE POLE WAS SET. THE COPPER CONDUCTOR RAN FROM THE LIGHT TO THE BASE OF THE POLE. THE LIGHTING FIXTURE WAS CONTAINED IN A FIBERGLASS HOUSING. A 330-KILOVOLT OVERHEAD POWER LINE WAS LOCATED DIRECTLY ABOVE THE HOLE FOR THE LIGHT POLE. TWO OF THE EMPLOYEES (#2 AND #5) WERE AT THE BASE OF THE POLE TO GUIDE IT INTO THE HOLE. THE FOUR OTHER EMPLOYEES STOOD UP THE LIGHT POLE BY HAND, AND IT CONTACTED THE CENTER PHASE OF A 100-KILOVOLT-TO-GROUND OVERHEAD POWER LINE AT THE TOP OF THE FIBERGLASS HOUSING ON THE LIGHTING FIXTURE. APPARENTLY, AN ELECTRIC ARC ENSUED, AND THE SIX EMPLOYEES RECEIVED BURNS TO THEIR LOWER ARMS AND CHEST. ONE OF THEM (#5) WAS TREATED FOR MINOR BURNS AND RELEASED. THE OTHERS WERE HOSPITALIZED FOR THEIR INJURIES.
Keywords: burn, chest, clothing, overhead power line, electrical, streetlighting, arm, utility pole, e gi ic
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105739924 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 105739924 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 105739924 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 105739924 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 105739924 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
6 105739924 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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