A 37 year old electrician was electrocuted while attempting to reenergize a primary line. Eight utility workers had repaired a 7200 volt alternating current (AC) underground distribution line, and a crew of four men were to reenergize the line by replacing a jumper and closing a fuse cut out on a pole. The victim had climbed the pole and, using an 8 foot long hot stick, was attempting to place a jumper on the main line. He stated that he felt the jumper was too short for the job. He apparently made incidental contact with the 7200 volt AC barrel of the cut out. His safety belt and steel climbing gaffs kept him from falling. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was administered at the top of the pole but to no avail. At the time of the accident, the only protective equipment he was wearing was a pair of noninsulative leather gloves which were supposed to be worn over insulative rubber gloves at all times to protect the rubber gloves. Recommendations arising from this accident include: enforcement of existing regulations concerning the use of safety equipment and safe work practices; the wearing of all appropriate safety equipment and personal protective gear; and the covering of all exposed high voltage conductors with rubber hoses, boots, or blankets.
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