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Inspection: 307065920 - Appalachian Power Company

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston

Nr: 307065920Report ID: 0316400Open Date: 06/09/2004

Appalachian Power Company
4600 Robert C. Byrd Drive
Beckley, WV 25802
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
NAICS: 221122/Electric Power Distribution
Mailing: P.O. Box 949, Beckley, WV 25802

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/28/2004
Close Case:01/26/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100630912    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $6,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,700
Current Penalty $6,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001A Serious 19100269 A02 I 07/23/2004 07/30/2004 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 5A0001 07/23/2004 09/30/2004 $6,700 $6,700 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01002 Serious 19100136 A 07/23/2004 08/04/2004 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19100132 D02 07/23/2004 01/01/2005 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200631083Event: 06/08/2004Employee Is Struck By Falling Tree Limb, Later Dies
A four-person electric utility crew responded to a power outage after a heavy storm. A large tree limb had fallen onto a utility pole and damaged an overhead power line. One employee was working from an aerial lift, cutting smaller branches to allow the limb to fall to the ground. Two employees were further down the power line, tightening up the loosened line conductors. The foreman was on the ground beside the aerial lift truck, directing the employee in the aerial lift bucket. The limb fell and struck the foreman. Emergency medical services transported the injured worker by ambulance to a nearby hospital and then airlifted him to a trauma center. He died of his injuries that night. The cause of death was preliminarily determined to be a massive blow to the top of his left shoulder, which resulted in extensive internal bleeding.
Keywords: shoulder, loss of blood, tree limb, elec utility work, struck by, falling object, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 307065920 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install.

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