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36 Year-old laborer electrocuted in North Carolina, October 7, 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 87-02, 1986 Nov; :1-5
A laborer standing on top of a house being moved down a street contacted a live 7200 volt power line and was electrocuted. The laborer and a coworker were raising wires to clear the top of the house. The victim was employed by a house moving company which had no written safety program; training consisted of telling the workers to be careful. At the time of the accident the house was moving under a TV cable line 18 feet above the road, an energized 220 volt insulated line 22 feet above the road, and an energized 7200 volt uninsulated line 31 feet above the road. The electric company was preparing to deenergize a 220 volt uninsulated line at the next intersection. The coworker was wearing the only pair of rubber gloves available for use in the company; the victim was not wearing any personal protective equipment. The company had borrowed a hot stick from the telephone company, but were not using it at the time of the incident. The victim was carrying the TV line across the top of the house when he contacted the 7200 volt line with the back of his neck and was electrocuted, falling to the street. Recommendations arising from this accident include the wearing of personal protective equipment when working with energized conductors, deenergizing of all electrical lines by the power company, development of a safety program to recognize and correct hazards, and the provision of some means to protect workers from falls when working on the roof of the house.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-87-02; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Construction-industry
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