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Inspection: 1519826.015 - Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association

Inspection Information - Office: Dallas

Nr: 1519826.015Report ID: 0626300Open Date: 03/16/2021

Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association
20015 Cr 2147
Whitehouse, TX 75791
Union Status: Union
NAICS: 221121/Electric Bulk Power Transmission and Control
Mailing: 29880 Hwy. 69 N, Rusk, TX 75785

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/16/2021
Emphasis: L:Constr6Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral1746522 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $9,557 $0 $0 $1,366 $0 $10,923
Current Penalty $7,168 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,168
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001A Serious 19260950 B01 I 08/31/2021 09/27/2021 $9,557 $9,557 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19260960 C01 III 08/31/2021 09/27/2021 $7,168 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 02001 Other 19040040 A 08/31/2021 09/27/2021 $1,366 $1,366 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 134355.015Event: 03/15/2021Employee Dies After Receiving Electric Shock
At 2:00 p.m. on March 15, 2021, Employee #1 and his coworkers were on site to in stall a utility pole and security light for a customer on personal property. The decision was made to perform the work without deenergizing the 14,400 volt powe r lines so that customers would not be affected. The crew had off loaded the po le into the ditch parallel to the utility lines however, the ground in the ditch was not firm enough so the foreman moved the vehicle up onto the roadway for mo re solid ground. The operator/foreman reset the outriggers on the digger derrick and was going to move the utility pole from the ditch, over the fence to the ot her side of the overhead power lines. When the lift was made, the mast of the de rrick contacted one of the phases and the vehicle was energized. The operator wa s not injured; however, the employee who had rigged for the lift and was standin g 3-5 feet away from the digger derrick, received an electrical shock. He was ho spitalized and died from his injuries nine days later.
Keywords: digger/derrick, elec utility work, electric shock, electrocuted, power lines, utility pole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1519826.015 Fatality Electricians' apprentices

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