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Accident: 99136.015 - Employee Installing Optical Fiber Cable On Electric Utility

Accident: 99136.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 09/15/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1264838.01509/15/2017Keps Technologies, Inc.
At approximately 12:45 p.m. on September 15, 2017, Employee #1 was installing op tical fiber cable on existing electric utility poles. He was tasked with the ins tallation of a new fiber optic cable along the horizontal communication zone of the electric utility's supply poles. Employee #1 used a mounted rotating platfor m on a vehicle that was positioned along a roadside. As he pulled or jigged the fiber optic cable from a stationary position through a three-hole clamp mounted on the cable's strand line near the pole, the pole's guy-wire became energized a fter contacting a 7,200 volt supply conductor. With energization of the guy-wire and his hand on the grounded fiber optic strand line, he completed a circuit to ground that caused him to receive severe electric shock and burns. Employee #1 was transported to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died.
Keywords: burn, electric shock, electrical, elevated work platform, installing, optical fiber cable, overhead power line
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  New project or new addition   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1264838.015 19 M Fatality Telecomm: Line Installers And Repairers

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