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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 134951.015 Event: 01/27/2021Employee Incurs Multiple Injuries In Fall From Utility Pole
At 11:00 a.m. on January 27, 2021, Employee #1, an apprentice lineman using a pe rsonal fall arrest system, was working from a wooden utility pole and installing travelers for a power line. He then began to climb down the pole to remove EPZ electrical grounds. The employee proceeded to belt around the top insulator. He installed a secondary fall restraint, then removed the primary fall restrain t and leaned into the secondary restraint. The employee fell to the marshy grou nd, a fall height of approximately 55 feet, sustaining multiple traumatic injuri es. The employee was transported to the hospital and admitted for treatment. H is injuries included fractures and lacerations to the ribs and spleen, and multi ple other traumatic injuries.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, climbing on column, construction, electrical work, equipment grounding, fall, fall protection, fracture, installing, insulator, laceration, power line worker, rib, spleen, utility pole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1512115.015 Hospitalized injury Electrical Power-Line

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