Apprentice lineman electrocuted in Maryland, June 20, 1988.
NIOSH 1988 Sep; :1-5
The case of a 23 year old male apprentice lineman who was fatally injured when he contacted a 13.2 kilovolt line was examined. The man was employed by an electric utility construction company. He had been in training as an apprentice linemen for about 3 weeks. Two other company employees had been killed on the job during the past 6 years. On the day of the accident a lineman had climbed up and positioned himself on an adjacent utility pole about 150 feet from an intersect pole. He then began deenergizing power lines leading to the intersect pole. The foreman and operator were about 150 feet on the other side of the intersect pole and also began deenergizing power lines leading to the intersect pole. The apprentice lineman had been instructed to remain on the ground, but instead he climbed the intersect pole. He contacted a power line with the back of his neck as he climbed and was electrocuted. It was recommended that the employer should evaluate all components of safety plans and be more sure that employees know the dangers and methods for controlling electrical hazards.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-88-25; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Electrical-workers; Work-practices; Safety-research; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-hazards
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-88-25, 5 pages