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Yard maintenance worker electrocuted in Pennsylvania, June 14, 1988.
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 88-26, 1988 Oct; :1-5
The case of a 33 year old male yard maintenance worker who died when a crane moving the beam he was guiding contacted an overhead power line was evaluated. The victim was assigned the task of cleaning up the yard where construction materials and equipment were stored. The cleanup involved placing several steel I-beams into one stack. The site the workers selected to stack the beams was directly underneath an overhead power line. The crane operator had the boom extended to its full 70 foot length. The victim rigged a beam to the crane, and the operator raised it about 3 feet and began to move it toward the selected site. The victim was guiding the beam with his left hand when the crane contacted a 13 kilovolt overhead power line. The victim died of electrocution. This employer had no formal safety program and no provision for training workers in the hazards at a job site. A prejob survey would have revealed the presence of the power lines. There were several other sites which would have been at least as good if not better to stack the I-beams. The operator of the crane was inexperienced as evidenced by the fact that he had the boom extended to its full 70 foot length for a move of only 20 feet. A lesser extension of the boom would have prevented this accident.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-88-26; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Safety-research; Construction-workers; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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