A 27-year-old Spanish-speaking masonry laborer was killed when he contacted an overhead electrical line. The victim, along with a co-worker, had raised a bucket truck’s personnel platform approximately 30 feet in the air. They were attempting to maneuver the personnel platform above and across some electrical wires in an attempt to clear ice and snow from a building’s roof and gutters. When it was determined they could not safely reach it from the current position, the co-worker started to lower the bucket. The victim, for unknown reasons, contacted one of the overhead electrical lines with his left hand. The shock caused him to arch his back and fall outside the bucket, hanging by his harness and lanyard. The co-worker yelled at the victim but got no response. He used his cell phone to call 911 for help, then lowered the victim to the ground. Emergency personnel responded almost immediately and provided emergency care. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor’s Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. establish a formal, written electrical safety training program to include, but not limited to, work around overhead lines. 2. provide safety training to employees in a language they understand and comprehend. 3. provide employees the appropriate equipment and training necessary to do their job safely. 4. ensure that each job site is surveyed by a competent person prior to commencing work.
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