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Farm workers electrocuted when irrigation pipes contact powerlines.

Authors
Helgerson-SD; Milham-S Jr.
Source
Public Health Rep 1985 May; 100(3):325-328
NIOSHTIC No.
00204893
Abstract
The circumstances surrounding electrocutions among farm workers in Washington state were examined. Forty two farmers were electrocuted during the years 1950 through 1979. Of these, 23 were killed while working near irrigation pipes that came into contact with overhead electrical lines. Between 1970 and 1979 there were 15 irrigation pipe associated electrocutions among farmers and 15 among farm workers. Among persons less than 20 years of age, such electrocutions were more common than any other type of electrocution. Of the various ways in which such accidents can be avoided, education of the population at risk and changes in methods of irrigation are the most important. In many locations, new powerlines used for irrigation systems are being placed underground. Raising the overhead powerlines so that they are out of reach of the worker carrying the irrigation pipe is also a preventive measure, but an expensive one. Changing the length of hand carried irrigation pipes to 20 feet instead of the present 40 foot length would increase the amount of labor required, but reduce the risk.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-hazards; Agricultural-industry; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-research; Electrical-shock; Electrical-burns
CODEN
PHRPA6
Publication Date
19850501
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0033-3549
Source Name
Public Health Reports
State
WA
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