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Lineman killed after contacting charged switch.

NIOSH 2000 Nov; :1-9
A lineman (the victim) was killed after contacting a 17,400-volt charged switch. The victim was part of a three-man crew replacing cables under a switch cabinet. At the time of the accident, the crew was feeding a new cable under the concrete foundation pad below the cabinet. As one worker pushed the cable under the foundation, the victim looped the cable inside the foundation under the cabinet. The victim was using a hot stick to loop the cable but was not wearing his hardhat when his head came either in close proximity to or contacted the charged switch. Crewmembers saw a flash and came around the switch cabinet to where the victim was located. He was found slumped partially in the cabinet. A crewmember used a hot stick to move the victim away from the cabinet and then began CPR. Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead from injuries associated with high-voltage electrocution. Based on the findings of the investigation, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure workers use personal protective equipment and enforce its use; 2. Ensure workers are capable of recognizing and avoiding hazardous situations; and, 3. Emphasize de-energizing, isolating, or cover energized work areas whenever personnel need to work within high voltage danger zones.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-10; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-helmets; Training; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-00AK011; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-007089
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services