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27 year-old painter electrocuted in Georgia, July 21, 1986.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1987 Mar; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00174310
Abstract
When a 27 year old painter moved an aluminum ladder he was using in order to paint a gutter on the outside of an apartment building, he made contact with a 7200 volt power line and was electrocuted. The gutter was located 18 feet above the ground and 8 feet 6 inches horizontally from a 7200 volt power line. The victim had burns on both hands, and the ladder was scorched 19 feet 6 inches from the end that the victim was holding, suggesting he was moving the ladder from one place to the next at the time he contacted the power line. Cause of death was listed as electrocution. The small painting contractor company for which he worked had no safety training other than telling the employees to be careful. Recommendations arising from this accident included: ladders made of conductive materials should not be used near energized power lines; arrangements should be made with the power company to temporarily deenergize the lines or at a minimum to cover the lines with insulating line hoses or blankets when working near them; employers should develop a safety program designed to recognize and correct hazards encountered on the job; and hazard awareness regarding overhead power lines should be stressed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-87-32; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Painters; Electrical-hazards; Accident-analysis; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19870324
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-149471
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-32
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-87-32, 4 pages
State
GA; WV
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