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Truck driver electrocuted in North Carolina, February 12, 1987.
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 87-37, 1987 Apr; :1-5
A truck driver was electrocuted when the bed of a dump truck he was operating contacted a 7200 volt power line. The victim was the only driver for a trucking firm that provided hauling services. There was no safety policy or program in operation at this firm. The driver, on the day of the accident, was spreading gravel in the driveway of a residence with a 18 wheel cab/over type tractor trailer with a 32 foot 8 inch long aluminum hydraulic lift bed. At dusk the driver, preparing to spread the last load, raised the truck bed to dump the gravel, and pulled the truck forward while lowering the bed. The bottom phase of a three phase 7200 volt distribution system caught the tie down railing that ran around the front and sides of the truck, energizing the truck. The tires on the truck began to explode. The driver exited the cab, apparently to see what was wrong with the tires, and was electrocuted when his foot touched the ground and provided a path to ground for the electricity. Recommendations arising from this accident include the development of safe work procedures that address tasks performed by employees, performance of a job site survey prior to the performance of a given task, and the requirement that a truck driver be trained to operate a truck as a condition for licensing and should receive specialized training concerning hazards associated with operating such vehicles.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-87-37; Construction-workers; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Accident-analysis
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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