Soldier electrocuted while installing communication wire in Georgia.
NIOSH 1985 Sep; :1-5
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an electrocution in Georgia was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity and confined space/related accidents involving fatalities. On August 24, 1985, a 23 year old soldier was stringing a communications wire across a gravel road on a military firing range when he was electrocuted. He had apparently decided to suspend the wire over the road by throwing it over 400 Volt power lines that diagonally crossed the road. He stripped one foot of insulation off the wire, wrapped the malleable metal wire securely around a rock, and successfully threw the rock over the power line. The soldier, unaware that contact with the 400 Volt power line had energized the wire, crossed the road and was electrocuted when he picked up the rock. The author recommends that training for all communications specialists address the potential hazards to which they may be exposed while performing their duties. Power lines should not be used to support communications lines.
NIOSH-Author; Military-personnel; Region-4; Exposure-levels; Hazards; Training; Soldiers; Communication-workers; Health-hazards; Electrical-shock; FACE-85-46;
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-85-46-I, 5 pages