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Update: work-related electrocutions associated with hurricane Hugo - Puerto Rico.

Authors
Rechani-P; Rullan-JV
Source
MMWR 1989 Oct; 38(42):718-720
NIOSHTIC No.
00232216
Abstract
The results of an analysis of work related electrocutions occurring in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in Puerto Rico were summarized. Hurricane Hugo crossed the northeastern part of Puerto Rico on September 18, 1989. After the hurricane, approximately 85% of Puerto Rico was without electric power because of damage to power lines and poles. Six electrocutions occurred during operations to restore power; five were occupational. A NIOSH Fatal Accident Circumstances and Epidemiology team assisted local public health officials in investigating the five occupational electrocution cases, who were 28, 30, 35, 38, and 42 year old males. Two incidents involved electric company employees whose job responsibilities did not normally involve work near energized lines. Two of the electrocutions resulted from the victims making contact with power lines that were assumed to be disconnected or deenergized, but which were receiving feedback current from portable generators. One fatality resulted from an electric lineman contacting a dangling, energized 4,800 volt powerline while working in a dark wooded area. One fatality occurred when a lineman working from a bucket truck inadvertently activated the control lever, causing the bucket to move into an adjacent power line. An editorial note discussed the conditions in the aftermath of the hurricane. Recommendations of the NIOSH investigators for prevention of such incidents were presented.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Occupational-accidents; Risk-factors; Electrical-shock; Accident-analysis; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-workers; Environmental-factors
CODEN
MMWRB6
Publication Date
19891027
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
42
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
PR
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