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Lineman electrocuted in North Carolina.
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 86-09, 1985 Dec; :1-5
A 34 year old male lineman was electrocuted while attempting to install a 37.5 kilovolt (kV) transformer on a new pole. The new pole was situated next to the old pole, and the 13.2kV primary conductor had been transferred to the new pole. A U-shaped connector was clamped to the primary conductor which served to connect the transformer input wire to the primary conductor. The primary conductor and U-shaped connector were energized throughout the installation of the transformer. An insulated line hose covered the conductor, but part of the connector remained exposed. As he guided the transformer with his right hand and operated the controls with his left, the victim contacted the connector of the primary conductor. His body was leaning over the steel cable rigging of the assembly when the contact occurred with the connector, which was only 2 feet 4 inches above the bucket. A co worker was removing a tool belt from the truck at the time and was also injured due to electric shock. Recommendations arising out of this accident include: covering all energized conductors and any connections to these conductors with insulating line hoses or blankets to assure proper protection for anyone working nearby; proper grounding of aerial buckets; and raising the transformer during installation to the proper installation height and then guiding the transformer onto the installation bolts by a worker positioned on the pole.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-86-09; Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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