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20-year old electrocuted when backhoe breaks 7200 volt power line at construction site in Kentucky.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1985 Jul; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00157534
Abstract
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an electrocution in Kentucky was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on accidents involving electricity or confined space/related fatalities. On July 9, 1985, the owner of a construction company was driving a crawler backhoe through a partially developed residential subdivision. The raised boom of the backhoe struck the bottom three lines of a four wire utility line, breaking a 40 foot utility pole approximately 70 feet from the point of contact. The top line, a 7,200 Volt single phase primary distribution line, fell to the ground after striking the rear of the backhoe. A 20 year old construction worker approaching the backhoe from behind was electrocuted when the 7,200 Volt line fell a few feet away from him. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The construction company had no written safety procedures. All safety training was on the job. The author recommends training employees to recognize hazards associated with operating equipment around power lines, using a signal worker to assist in performing tasks that may over extend the capabilities of an operator, and constantly evaluating construction sites for hazardous conditions.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Construction-industry; Region-4; Accident-statistics; Safety-research; Hazards; Electrical-shock; Health-hazards; Epidemiology; Protective-measures; FACE-85-32; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19850722
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-224383
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-85-32
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-85-32-I, 5 pages
State
KY; WV
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