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Three electrocuted on farm in Georgia.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 86-06, 1985 Nov; :1-4
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an accident involving an electrocution in Georgia was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity or confined space/related accidents involving fatalities. On October 18, 1985, two farm workers, 21 and 41 year old males, and the owner, a 61 year old male, were moving a portable grain auger. They were positioned around the rear of the auger, pushing it. As the workmen pushed the auger forward, it contacted a 7,200 Volt power line located 25 feet above the ground. All three workers were electrocuted. The farm had no written safety policy. The sheriff requested that no investigation at the site be conducted for reasons that were not explained. The author recommends that a survey of the farm should be conducted that identifies hazards. These hazards should be discussed with all workmen. Necessary precautions should be stressed to all farm personnel. All equipment (augers) should be lowered to a safe transporting position before being moved from one location to another.
NIOSH-Author; Agricultural-industry; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Farmers; Protective-measures; Equipment-design; Hazards; Epidemiology; Safety-research; FACE-86-06
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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