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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 106960321 - The L.E. Myers Company

Inspection Information - Office: Nashville

Nr: 106960321Report ID: 0420100Open Date: 04/03/2002

The L.E. Myers Company
500 Walton Road
Crossville, TN 38557
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
Mailing: 1701 West Golf Rd. Suite 1012, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/15/2002
Emphasis: S:Construction, S:Construction FatalitiesClose Case:12/18/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 7 1 8
Current Violations 7 1 8
Initial Penalty $35,000 $0 $0 $0 $70,000 $105,000
Current Penalty $35,000 $0 $0 $0 $70,000 $105,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 09/27/2002 11/15/2002 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19260950 D01 III 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 19260954 H 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  4. 01004A Serious 19260952 B02 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  5. 01004B Serious 19260955 A06 II 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $0 $0 $0 -
  6. 01005 Serious 19260955 C02 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  7. 01006 Serious 19260955 D06 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  8. 01007 Serious 19260955 D09 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  9. 02001A Unclass 19260955 D05 I 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $70,000 $70,000 $0 -
  10. 02001B Unclass 19260955 D05 II 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $0 $0 $0 -
  11. 02001C Unclass 19260955 C03 09/27/2002 10/03/2002 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202064168Event: 04/02/2002Electric Shock - Induced Current In Overhead Line
A power line contractor had a contract with an electric utility to install a 161-kilovolt overhead power line from a tower to a new switching substation. The contractor was replacing an existing line of 954 MCM ACSR conductors from the North tower to the substation with a new line of 2034 MCM ACSR conductors. The new conductors had been connected at the North tower and were being secured at an A-frame in the substation. The general supervisor had directed the removal of all protective grounding jumpers from the North and South towers. Two employees were in a personnel platform on a crane. A bonding jumper was installed between the phase conductor and the platform on the crane. The truck crane was not adequately grounded to earth. The phase conductor was grounded through the hoist, but no other protective grounds were installed. The two employees had just completed splicing the ends of the three phase conductors from the North tower to their counterparts on the A-frame. Each of the phase conductors was held by a 2.7-metric-ton hoist. The employees had clipped in the first phase conductor. One of them then started to remove the hoist from that conductor and received an electric shock. The employee let go of the hoist, but grabbed it again and gave it a big push to force it away from the conductor. When the hoist separated from the conductor, the employee was electrocuted. The power line on which the employees were working was deenergized; however, a 500-kilovolt overhead power line ran parallel to it. A test on the lower voltage line after the accident found it to be energized at 7000 volts through induction from the higher voltage line.
Keywords: overhead power line, protective grounding, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, e ptd, induced current, elec utility work
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 106960321 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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