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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 86-21, 1986 Apr; :1-6
A first class lineman with 26 years of experience was electrocuted while working on repairs at an electrical co/op substation. In response to a major power outage situation involving two areas and two substations, the operations manager of a service crew was alerted. One phase of a bus structure had burned in two and fallen across two phase jumpers at one of the substations. It was decided to isolate the two substations from each other so that while repair work was being performed on the damaged substation, power could be restored to the second one and its service area. After reestablishing service in one area, the crew at the damaged substation placed grounds on incoming lines of the bus, locked reclosers in the open position and opened all bypass switches. The victim then climbed the support column of the substation to a level where he could work on the bus. The victim finished his work and crossed the substation to descend on the support structure on the opposite side, rather than the one he used to climb up. His right leg contacted an ungrounded jumper on what was thought to be an outgoing feeder line. The outgoing line was actually energized with 7200 volts of backfeed electrical energy from a third substation on the line. He fell 12 feet to the ground, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Recommendations include: isolating all work areas within substations in proximity to electrical conductors; identification of all safety hazards; and strict adherence to existing safety rules.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-86-21; Electrical-workers; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Electrical-hazards; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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