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Laborer dies from electrical injuries sustained in an electrical distribution system substation in Virginia, April 23, 1990.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1990 Aug; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00206141
Abstract
A 21 year old male laborer was injured, and subsequently died, after the galvanized pipe he was carrying came in contact with a 12,500 volt jumper wire. He was employed by a public electric cooperative company. The company was in the process of installing an energy conservation control system at one of their nine substations. The victim and a crew leader were assigned to pull wire through a newly installed underground conduit. The victim positioned a truck containing reels of wire, a reel rack, and a galvanized pipe that was going to be used as a reel rack spindle inside the substation approximately 8 feet from a transformer. The victim apparently lifted the pipe from the back of the truck and turned toward the transformer with the pipe in a vertical position. The pipe contacted the jumper wire, which was about 11 feet from the ground, and the current passed through the pipe and the victim to the ground, injuring the victim. He died on May 8, 1990 from sepsis due to complications from the electrical injury. It is recommended that a jobsite be evaluated carefully to ensure that all procedures to reduce worker exposures be taken; that adequate training be given to ensure that the employees can recognize the potential hazardous exposures; and that jobsite surveys be conducted.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-90-31; Accident-analysis; Electrical-hazards; Occupational-accidents; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Publication Date
19900829
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-183995
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-90-31
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-22
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-90-31, 7 pages, 2 references
State
VA; WV
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