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Truck driver electrocuted in North Carolina, April 14, 1987.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1987 Jul; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00177523
Abstract
A 32 year old truck driver was electrocuted when he raised the bed of the dump truck he was operating, contacting a 12 kilovolt (kV) energized power line. The truck was a 60,000 pound self propelled hydraulic trailer. The worker was attempting to deliver ten loads of lime to a farm supply company. The company for which he worked was small, with no written safety program, relying heavily on the common sense of employees. Part of the lime storage pile had spread under three 12kV power lines running perpendicular to the road in front of the farm supply company. The driver was delivering his second load, having dumped the first load with the truck at about a 45 degree angle to the road. He was standing on the opposite side of the trailer from the power line, with the truck parallel to the line, operating the lever which controlled the bed of the dump truck. The aluminum stop on the bed contacted the power line, electrocuting the worker. The line broke and remained in contact with the truck bed for about 30 minutes before it was deenergized. Farm supply employees attempted unsuccessfully to separate the driver from the truck using broom handles. The victim had a history of accidents and driving while intoxicated. It is recommended that either the storage area for the lime or the power lines themselves be moved to eliminate the hazard, and that the employer begin a safety program which addresses hazards associated with dump truck operations.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-87-54; Region-4; Truck-drivers; Accident-analysis; Electrical-shock; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-hazards
Publication Date
19870716
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-188685
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-54
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-48
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-87-54, 4 pages
State
NC; WV
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