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Two painters electrocuted in Ohio, November 17, 1986.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1987 Mar; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00174313
Abstract
While using a 36 foot aluminum extension ladder to paint a 20 foot, inverted L-shaped, metal light pole, two painters were electrocuted. One painter was on the ladder with the other steadying the ladder from the ground. They were using an airless spray gun. A 12,460 volt power line was located 12 inches above the horizontal crossarm of the light pole and 20 inches outside the vertical support. The ladder was standing on uneven ground and wooden blocks were placed under one leg to provide an even surface. The ladder slipped away from the pole, and the painter on the ladder contacted the power line. The top rung of the ladder was damaged; either the uneven surface or the damaged rung may have played a part in the slipping of the ladder on the metal light pole. The firm for which these two men worked was very small and had no written safety policy or program. It was recommended that ladders for use near energized power lines be made of nonconductive materials, that ladders be properly maintained, that ladders be placed on level ground and adequately supported to prevent movement, that a safe working distance be maintained between power lines and equipment or structures that need periodic maintenance or access, and that all personnel be trained to recognize safety hazards associated with their tasks.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-5; FACE-87-28; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Maintenance-workers; Accident-analysis; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19870306
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-154968
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-28
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-87-28, 5 pages
State
OH; WV
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