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22 Year-old groundman electrocuted in Tennessee.
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 86-46, 1986 Sep; :1-4
A 21 year old groundman employed by a electrical line maintenance and construction company was electrocuted when an aerial bucket boom contacted a 7200 volt power line while the groundman was opening a steel door on the truck. Two line construction and maintenance crews were finishing a project involving replacing 5000 feet of conductor wire and 19 utility poles. One crew was moving the new energized line from the temporary tie off positions to the permanent insulators and removing the old deenergized line when the accident occurred. An aerial boom truck was moved into place under the new line. One of the groundmen was on his way to get parts from this truck. The lineman in the bucket raised it to inspect the new connections when he contacted, with the boom, a 7200 volt energized line. The groundman simultaneously opened the steel door of the storage compartment of the truck and was electrocuted. Following this accident, it was recommended that employers develop written safe job procedures which are specific to the task. These would include consideration of the various safety hazards associated with positioning of an aerial boom truck, placement of line hoses and blankets, and identification of personal protective equipment to be used. Once the safety procedures are established, the employer should make certain that they are implemented and enforced by a qualified person at each job site.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-86-46; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-workers; Accident-analysis; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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