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50 Year-old utility worker electrocuted in Ohio.

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 86-26, 1986 Jun; :1-5
A 50 year old utility worker died 1 week after an accident in which he had received severe thermal burns when he came into contact with a 7200 volt line while disconnecting electrical service to a house which was to be torn down. The truck with aerial bucket was parked beside the pole supplying the service. The victim raised the insulated aerial bucket, cut the 240 volt line leading to the house, and while holding the line in his left hand, he began moving the bucket to drop the line clear of a metal building between the pole and the house. While attempting to swing over a cable TV line, the victim elevated the bucket and contacted the 7200 volt line on the crossbar of the pole. The groundworker noticed what had happened and left to secure help. Two telephone company employees happened on the scene and attempted to lower the bucket, but were unable to do so and were only saved from injury themselves because it was the insulated bucket which had contacted the wire and not the boom itself. The victim's clothing was on fire when the bucket was lowered to the ground about 10 minutes after the incident. Recommendations arising out of this accident include: familiarizing all workers on or around electrical energy of proper procedures to follow in an emergency; wearing insulated rubber gloves; and initiation of a safety program by the utility company that identifies hazards, promotes hazard awareness, addresses specific tasks, and stresses safety training.
NIOSH-Author; Region-5; FACE-86-26; Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines
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