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Crew foreman electrocuted when he contacts energized conductor in South Carolina, August 27, 1991.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1992 Feb; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00206926
Abstract
The case of a 27 year old crew foreman who was electrocuted when he contacted an energized conductor on a utility pole was investigated. The employer in this incident was a cable television (CATV) installation company. The company had a written safety procedure. All three members of the crew had been hired the day before the accident. The crew arrived at the worksite to lash new CATV wire around the existing CATV wire, which was attached to utility poles approximately 4 feet below the existing electrical system ground wire. The foreman connected a 3/8 inch polyethylene rope to one end of the CATV wire and a weight to the other end of the rope. The foreman tried to throw the rope between the ground wire and the existing CATV wire, but instead the rope landed around the overhead powerlines above the transformer. The foreman requested the lineman to retrieve the rope, but the lineman refused, stating that it was too dangerous. The foreman donned a pair of linemen's climbers, and ascended the utility pole to a position above the transformer, 25 feet above the ground. The victim apparently came into contact with the energized conductor and fell to the ground. It was recommended that employers evaluate current safety programs and incorporate specific procedures related to the recognition and avoidance of hazards; that employers ensure employees are trained in the proper use of safety equipment; that employers consider, evaluate and adopt alternate methods for positioning guide ropes between wires; and that all workers be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-91-29; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Personal-protective-equipment; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19920219
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193655
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-91-29
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 Number FACE-91-29, 6 pages, 1 reference
State
SC; WV
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