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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 15001027 - Hunter & Walden Company Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Nc Raleigh

Nr: 15001027Report ID: 0453710Open Date: 11/29/1984

Hunter & Walden Company Inc
Forbes Road
Gastonia, NC 28052
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
Mailing: Po Box 11756, Charlotte, NC 28220

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/03/1984
Close Case:12/03/1984

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14257828Event: 11/27/1984Burns - Phase To Ground Fault
Three employees and a job foreman were erecting new overhead power lines in an open area adjacent to a main highway. The crew was moving an energized phase conductor around a new pole. One of the employees was positioned next to the pole in an insulated aerial lift. A strap jack was attached to a conductor grip holding the energized conductor. An arc was generated between the clevis on the strap jack and a guy. The energized conductor was on a 7200-volt, three-phase system, with a McGraw Edison three-phase-type release with electronic control. The protective device operated to deenergize the line. However, the employee in the aerial lift bucket was fatally injured when he was caught in the arc between the phase line and the guy. He received numerous burns on his body, including burns on his neck, chest, abdomen, back, groin, and left arm, where a hole was burned through his glove.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, e ptd, ground fault, guy, elec utility work, winch
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 15001027 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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