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27 Year-old painter electrocuted in Georgia, July 21, 1986.
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 87-32, 1987 Mar; :1-4
When a 27 year old painter moved an aluminum ladder he was using in order to paint a gutter on the outside of an apartment building, he made contact with a 7200 volt power line and was electrocuted. The gutter was located 18 feet above the ground and 8 feet 6 inches horizontally from a 7200 volt power line. The victim had burns on both hands, and the ladder was scorched 19 feet 6 inches from the end that the victim was holding, suggesting he was moving the ladder from one place to the next at the time he contacted the power line. Cause of death was listed as electrocution. The small painting contractor company for which he worked had no safety training other than telling the employees to be careful. Recommendations arising from this accident included: ladders made of conductive materials should not be used near energized power lines; arrangements should be made with the power company to temporarily deenergize the lines or at a minimum to cover the lines with insulating line hoses or blankets when working near them; employers should develop a safety program designed to recognize and correct hazards encountered on the job; and hazard awareness regarding overhead power lines should be stressed.
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