Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

23 year-old lineman electrocuted in North Carolina.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1986 Apr; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00170042
Abstract
A 23 year old lineman was electrocuted when he came into contact with a lightning arrestor conductor during work on a connection box on a utility pole. The lineman and a supervising lineman were to remove and replace a capacitor bank from a utility pole in a rural area. The upper cross member supported three 7200 volt conductors and each conductor had attached to it a lightning arrestor. The victim was inside a one person aerial bucket 25 feet above the ground. Protective insulating hoses were placed over two of the primary conductors. However, the lightning arrestor conductors attached to the primary conductors prevented the hoses from slipping all the way to the cross member on the utility pole. The victim used no boots, blankets, or other insulating material to cover the lightning arrestor conductors or other live conductors. He did not use his insulated rubber gloves. Evidence indicated that the victim was holding the wire cable with his left hand when his right hand came in contact with the lightning arrestor conductor. The cause of death was cardiac arrest due to contact with 7200 volts of electricity. Recommendation include: use of appropriate protective equipment including insulating boots, blankets and hoses when working with electricity; assessment of the effectiveness of corporate safety management and the comprehensive corporate safety program; and proper training in hazard recognition, safe work practices and emergency response for all personnel upon hiring.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-86-20; Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19860421
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-223285
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-86-20
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-22
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-86-20, 9 pages
State
NC; WV
TOP