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Laborer electrocuted in Virginia, July 21, 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 87-61, 1987 Aug; :1-4
While collecting scrap metals from property owned by a local municipality, a laborer/truck driver was electrocuted when the hoist cable of a crane contacted an overhead high voltage line. The company for which he worked was a small one, dealing in collecting and removing scrap metals from shipyards, industrial, commercial, and public locations. It had no safety program at the time of the accident. Two trucks and a truck crane were at the site, positioned under the overhead lines for loading the metal. The victim was working as a hook man to help the crane operator pick up the scrap metal. The victim was standing on a plate steel jack boat holding the cable hook when the boom contacted a 19,900 volt overhead power line. The line burned and separated, falling onto the trucks, starting a fire. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene; cause of death was listed as electrocution. It is recommended that employers enforce existing regulations which deal with the proper location of crane operations in the vicinity of overhead power lines, that hazard recognition be stressed on the part of employees, and that additional personnel be used to spot the location of equipment when overhead power lines are a potential hazard.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-87-61; Electrical-hazards; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices; Truck-drivers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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