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Inspection: 18727156 - Virginia Power, Central Div.-Chesterfield District

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 1

Nr: 18727156Report ID: 0355111Open Date: 01/06/1987

Virginia Power, Central Div.-Chesterfield District
Right Of Way In Rear Of 5941 Kingsland Road
Chesterfield County, VA 23832
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
Mailing: 11200 Ironbridge Road, Chester, VA 23831

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/09/1987
Close Case:04/01/1987

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360788426    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $560 $0 $0 $0 $0 $560
Current Penalty $560 $0 $0 $0 $0 $560
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 510001 A 03/10/1987 03/13/1987 $560 $560 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14445043Event: 01/06/1987Fall - Guy Anchor And Utility Pole Failure
A LINEWORKER WAS DEADENDING THE LAST PHASE OF A THREE-PHASE OVERHEAD POWER LINE. THE LINE WAS 30 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND, NEAR THE TOP OF A CLASS 5 WOODEN UTILITY POLE. THE ANCHOR THAT WAS HOLDING THE POLE CAME OUT OF THE GROUND, AND THE RESULTING ADDITIONAL STRESS ON THE POLE CAUSED IT TO BREAK AT A LEVEL OF 7 FEET, 8 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. THE EMPLOYEE, WHO WAS WORKING FROM THE POLE WITH HIS SAFETY BELT AND STRAP ATTACHED, FELL TO THE GROUND WITH THE TOP OF THE POLE. THE ARM OF THE POLE OF THE POLE STRUCK THE EMPLOYEE IN THE HEAD, CAUSING MULTIPLE SKULL FRACTURES AND THE DEATH OF THE EMPLOYEE.
Keywords: overhead power line, guy, elec utility work, fall, utility pole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18727156 Fatality Fracture Electrical power installers and repairers

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