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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 135479.015 Event: 05/08/2021Employee Is Killed By Electrocution While Trimming Tree
At 10:00 a.m. on May 8, 2021, an employee and two coworkers were trimming a tree at a private residence. The employee climbed an aluminum ladder to get into the tree to cut four branches but he was not working from the ladder. The employee was using tree work personal fall protection equipment that was wrapped around t he tree. The coworkers were helping the employee from the ground. The employee w as in the process of cutting a third tree branch, when his body became rigid, he lost consciousness, and his body started to smoke. Electrical wires had been hi dden by the tree branches. Coworker #1 started to climb the ladder, but the ladd er was energized. Coworker #2 , wearing rubberized gloves, then climbed the ladd er followed by coworker #1 to help get the employee down. Coworker #1 unbuckled the safety belt and suffered burns to his hands. The coworkers lowered the emplo yee to the ground and called for emergency services and a nurse that was a neigh bor started CPR. The employee died due to electrocution.
Keywords: cpr, electrocuted, power lines, tree climbing system, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1530001.015 Fatality

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