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Summary Nr: 737783 Event: 07/03/1988Burn & Fall - Electric Arc And Fire During Line Work
A POWER LINE WORKER (EMPLOYEE #1) FOR AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR RESPONDED TO A LINE OUTAGE. HE ARRIVED AT THE SITE AND CALLED FOR ASSISTANCE. IN RESPONSE TO HIS CALL, TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES (EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3) ARRIVED AT THE WORKSITE. EMPLOYEE #3 TOOK AN AERIAL LIFT 1.5 BLOCKS UP THE ROAD TO DISCONNECT SERVICE WHEN NEEDED. THE TWO REMAINING EMPLOYEES WENT UP IN TWO OTHER AERIAL LIFTS AT THE POLE WHERE THE OUTAGE HAD OCCURRED. TWO OF THE LINE CONDUCTORS HAD SEPARATED AND NEEDED TO BE SPLICED. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS HEATING AND STRIPPING THESE TWO (PRESUMABLY DEENERGIZED) CONDUCTORS, PREPARATORY TO INSTALLING MECHANICAL JUMPERS, WHILE EMPLOYEE #2 ASSISTED HIM FROM THE OTHER AERIAL LIFT. THE REMAINING PHASE CONDUCTOR WAS INTACT AND STILL ENERGIZED. EMPLOYEE #2 MOVED HIS AERIAL LIFT BUCKET TO SIGNAL EMPLOYEE #3 TO DEENERGIZE THE LINE. AT THE SAME TIME, THE INTACT PHASE CONDUCTOR FAULTED AND CAUSED A FIRE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS TRAPPED BY THE FIRE AND JUMPED FROM HIS BUCKET TO THE GROUND, ABOUT 30 FEET BELOW. HIS CLOTHES HAD BEEN IGNITED AND WERE STILL BURNING WHEN EMPLOYEE #2 WENT TO HIS AID. EMPLOYEE #2 EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. EMPLOYEE #1 RECEIVED BURNS, FOR WHICH HE WAS HOSPITALIZED. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 WERE NOT REPORTED AS BEING INJURED.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, overhead power line, electrical, power line worker, e ptd, elec utility work, fall, aerial lift
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 104290051 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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