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Lineman falls 40' from hopper in Wyoming.

NIOSH 1994 Apr; :1-3
A 32 year old male electrical lineman died from injuries suffered while installing a new power line. The victim was inside a crane operated basket at a height of approximately 40' and had moved outside the stability of the basket to reach a connector when the roll of conductor wire became dislodged, causing the tension of the wire to knock the victim from the basket to the ground. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital some 15 miles distant, where he died from the injuries received as a result of the fall. Those injuries included fractures of the right 2nd through the 10th ribs, probable tension pneumothorax, subcutaneous air along the right thoracic cage, pulmonary contusion, and probable fractures of the posterior aspects of the left 8th through 10th ribs. The victim was not secured by a safety belt or lanyard and had moved outside the safety of the basket floor while attempting to secure the wire. He had been using the crane boom as a lift to move the wire from the roll into position for securing, and was positioned so that if the wire were to come loose from the boom he would be in its normal path of movement. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Enforce safety rules for working at heights, including rules that workers must use safety belts or lanyards at all times. 2. Provide safety incentives that encourage employees to use caution and develop good safety habits and to avoid any shortcuts that decrease safety. 3. Establish common-sense rules that promote safety and discourage such unsafe practices as using boom cranes to lift or guide materials or moving outside a safe basket area to reach a distant area.
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; Electrical-industry; Electrical-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94WY001; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-807083
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Wyoming Department of Health