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Laborer electrocuted in North Carolina, October 14, 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 87-08, 1986 Nov; :1-3
A 20 year old laborer was electrocuted when the 21 foot aluminum flagpole he was installing came into contact with an overhead electric power line. He was employed by a small firm which set up and took down fairs and trade shows. Several flagpoles had already been installed before the accident occurred. Standard operating procedure calls for such poles to be carried from the truck, parallel to the ground, to the site where the pole is to be placed. The victim carried this pole in a vertical position, contacting a 7,200 volt powerline which was 20 feet 11 inches above the ground. The cause of death was listed as electrocution. Recommendations arising from this accident include the identification of electrical hazards to avoid electrical contact, and the maintenance of a clearance between work sites and powerlines. In this particular case there was a 9 foot 6 inch distance between the powerline and the fence where the flagpole was to be erected which was not deemed to be adequate.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-87-08; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Entertainment-industry; Construction-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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