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41 Year-old truck driver electrocuted after unloading bricks in Maryland, March 16, 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 87-36, 1987 Apr; :1-4
A 42 year old truck driver for a manufacturer of masonry products was electrocuted when a truck mounted crane he was operating contacted a 7600 volt power line. The driver was delivering three pallets of bricks to a new residential development and the remainder of his load to another site. The driver parked his truck on the side of the house in the yard. A 7600 volt power line ran parallel to the dirt road on the side of the road farthest from the house. The ground was wet on this day. At the time of the accident he was standing at the rear of the truck, operating the crane with a pendant controller. The crane contacted the power line, about 26 feet 9 inches above the ground. The pendant controller, held by the driver, provided a path to ground through the victim. Recommendations included enforcing existing regulations concerning crane operations in the vicinity of overhead power lines, electrically insulating all boomed vehicles capable of contacting overhead power lines, periodically conducting and documenting training concerning delivery site hazard awareness for employees, and evaluating all worksites to identify hazardous situations by the employer or the truck driver.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-87-36; Region-3; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Electrical-hazards; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Accident-analysis
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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