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Accident: 97342.015 - Employee Is Burned In Arc Flash From Buried Power Line

Accident: 97342.015 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 06/05/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At 1:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017, Employee #1, employed by a telecommunications comp any, was working along a major city street. He was using a shovel to dig along the street when the shovel came into contact with an energized wire. An arc fla sh occurred, and Employee #1 sustained burns to his arms and face. Emergency se rvices were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was adm itted, and his burns were treated. The subsequent investigation determined that Employee #1's shovel had made contact with a 7 kilovolt energized underground p ower line.
Keywords: arm, burn, construction, electric arc, electrical, face, lockout/tagout, power lines, shovel, undrgrd power line
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Excavation, landfill Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1248393.015 50 M Hospitalized injury Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Excavation

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