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56 year-old pipe layer electrocuted in North Carolina, April 23, 1987.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1987 Jun; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00174329
Abstract
A pipe layer was guiding a load attached to the bucket of a backhoe when the backhoe contacted a 13,200 kilovolt overhead powerline. The job that day required installation of a water drain pipe, one phase of which was the installation of a section of drain pipe under an asphalt road. A pit had been dug to within 10 feet of the roadway berm. Steel track sections were being positioned on the floor of the pit for the boring machine. The steel track section was 10 feet long. A crawler type backhoe was used to move the track into the pit. This backhoe had a boom capable of reaching vertically about 28 feet. A 13,200 volt overhead powerline was about 25 feet 8 inches from the ground. As the backhoe operator lifted and swung the boom in the direction of the pit, the upper arm of the boom contacted the overhead powerline. The victim was guiding the load at the time and was electrocuted. The company he worked for had a comprehensive safety program and a full time safety manager. Recommendations arising from this accident include the enforcement of existing regulations concerning equipment operating in the vicinity of overhead powerlines, training of employees in hazard recognition, using nonconductive tag lines to aid in guiding and stabilizing the load, using additional personnel to observe clearances when equipment is operated near powerlines, and training employees and or employers in the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-87-41; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Electrical-hazards; Safety-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Accident-analysis; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19870610
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-154463
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-41
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-87-41, 4 pages
State
NC; WV
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