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Apprentice lineman electrocuted in Maryland, June 20, 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 88-25, 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
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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