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31 year-old fire chief electrocuted in North Carolina, November 15, 1986.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1986 Nov; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00174325
Abstract
The chief of a volunteer fire department was electrocuted while attempting to free an injured person from a vehicle involved in an accident. At the time of his death he was holding a winch cable which came in contact with downed, energized power lines. The fire chief was also a full time paid fire fighter at a nearby city fire department. A car had gone off the road, striking a utility pole carrying a 7200 volt three phase power line. One conductor was on the ground and two were suspended approximately 3 to 5 feet above the ground. A steel cable was passed between a conductor on the ground and two sagging conductors, and attached to the luggage rack of the accident vehicle. The ground was wet from a prior rain. Six firemen, the chief, an emergency medical technician (EMT) and a bystander were holding on to the steel cable, when they were told to stand back. Five firemen let go, the luggage rack pulled loose from the car and contacted the energized lines, electrocuting the chief and the bystander. One fireman and the EMT received severe electrical burns. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was not successful in reviving the fire chief. Recommendations include deenergizing all power lines in the vicinity of an accident scene before any rescue attempt, use of personal protective equipment by all fire personnel, allowing only authorized rescue personnel to assist in rescue procedures, training firemen in recognition and appreciation of hazards, and assigning responsibility for coordinating activities at an accident site.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-87-16; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Rescue-workers; Rescue-measures; Electrical-hazards; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Publication Date
19861115
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-154505
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-16
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-87-16, 5 pages
State
NC; WV
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