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A 35-year-old painter was electrocuted when the aluminum ladder he was moving contacted a 7,620-volt power line.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1995 Jan; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20028592
Abstract
On July 19, 1994 several workers were spray-painting the exterior of an industrial building. The workers were using aluminum ladders to access the upper portions of the wall on which they were working. The injured worker descended his ladder, and lifted it from the wall to move it past his coworker and continue painting. As he was moving the ladder in a vertical position, it contacted a 7,620-volt power line. Another coworker hit the injured worker with both hands, knocking him from the ladder, thus breaking the electrical contact. Immediate attempts to revive the worker at the scene were unsuccessful. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Never allow the use of aluminum ladders when the possibility of contact with overhead power lines exists. 2. Ensure that employees request that the appropriate power company cover electrical power lines with insulating hoses or blankets if the potential for contact with lines exists. 3. Conduct a work-site survey to assess the potential safety hazards. Once an assessment has been completed, written safety rules and procedures should be developed, implemented, and enforced.
Keywords
Region-8; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Painters; Painting; Ladders; Electric-properties; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrocutions
Publication Date
19950119
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB2009-100511
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-94CO035; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO
Performing Organization
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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