National guardsman electrocuted in West Virginia, August 2, 1986.
NIOSH 1987 Feb; :1-4
A National Guardsman was electrocuted when he climbed a tower supporting 46,000 volt transmission lines and contacted a jumper wire. The Guard had been requested to demolish the tower by a regional power company. When National Guard demolition experts and a power company representative visited the site, the demolition experts were warned that the power lines were energized, and that a power company representative should be present when Guard personnel visited the site. It was decided that the demolition work would be completed by the Guard and electrical work would be completed by the power company. The demolition experts briefed the detachment assigned the demolition task. The detachment commander and three detachment members visited the tower without official permission and without notifying the power company. The commander climbed the tower, contacted a jumper wire on a 46,000 volt power line, received a shock and fell to the ground; he subsequently died. Members of the detachment stated that they believed the power lines on the tower were deenergized. No warning signs were posted. Recommendations arising from this accident include making workers aware of all hazards at a work site prior to starting any work, adhering strictly to outlined safe work procedures, equipping climbable towers supporting energized lines with barriers, and posting these locations with appropriate warning signs.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-86-49; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Military-personnel
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-86-49, 4 pages