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Inspection: 305350944 - Henkels & Mccoy

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 305350944Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 06/23/2003

Henkels & Mccoy
Brookhurst & Bull Ave
Anaheim, CA 92808
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 155 N Euclid Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/12/2005
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)Close Case:04/12/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 362363343Event: 06/23/2003Employee Burned In Utility Pole Electric Flash
On June 23, 2003, Employee #1, a lineman, and three coworkers were placing new 12 kilovolt conductors on utility poles in Anaheim, CA. The existing equipment, which had 12 kilovolt circuits, needed to be reconfigured to accommodate the new conductors. Employee #1 was in an International bucket truck with a Versalift bucket assembly, while one of his coworkers, a fifth-stage apprentice, worked with hot sticks and rubber gloves on the east side of the pole opposite the bucket. Existing conductors had been placed vertically instead of in the usual horizontal manner, so the work involved moving the street side, neutral 12 kilovolt conductors to the field side pole pin position. The neutral 12 kilovolt line had an unwanted crimp splice connector sitting atop the insulator, so Employee #1 pulled off this connector and clamped down the neutral line in the insulator. He then told the apprentice coworker to climb down, since this particular job was completed. The other coworkers, a groundman and the foreman, were also on the ground. Then, for some reason, the material handler load indicator contacted the energized phase, and a bucket control knob contacted the neutral wire, resulting in a phase-to-neutral flash. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns over 35 percent of his body, primarily his upper torso. Subsequent investigation revealed that at some point the insulating line hose covering the field side phase had been removed. Employee #1 was also supposed to be wearing rubber gloves, but his apprentice coworker was not sure if this was true.
Keywords: burn, elec protect equip, electric arc, derrick truck, power line worker, ppe, work rules, struck against, construction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 305350944 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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