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Mechanic electrocuted in Tennessee, June 28, 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 87-03, 1986 Nov; :1-3
A mechanic for a wrecker service was electrocuted when he contacted a 7200 volt overhead power line with a two way radio antenna he was holding. The company for which he worked operated a wrecker service and repaired and sold used cars. There was no written safety policy or program; any safety training was provided on the job. The mechanic and a wrecker driver were to remove a 25 foot two way radio antenna from a mobile home site which a been the company office. The air was hot and humid. The antenna had been taken down from the electric pole and laid on the ground. As they picked the antenna up to load it on a pickup truck parked nearby, the top contacted a nearby high voltage line about 19 feet above ground. The victim was wearing leather shoes and received a fatal injury. The driver, wearing rubber soled tennis shoes, was temporarily knocked out. Recommendations arising from this accident include locating all metal antennas well away from electrical lines and assigning personnel to only the tasks that they are qualified to perform.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-87-03; Region-4; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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