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Equipment operator/lineman electrocuted in Indiana, September 12, 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 88-47, 1988 Nov; :1-5
The case of an equipment operator/lineman who died when the wooden crossarm of a utility pole failed, dropping energized electrical lines onto him, was examined. The employer was a power line construction company with 12 employees. The company had been in operation 32 years. The victim was a member of a 6 man crew installing a new electric distribution system to replace an existing system in a rural area. He was a qualified journeyman lineman. The existing 7200 volt system consisted of three conductors installed on wooden crossarms. The victim and one coworker were standing near a pole from which a transformer was being removed to a new pole. As the transformer was lifted from the old pole, the wooden crossarm supporting the hot arm and the live conductors failed, dropping the energized lines onto the victim. His body provided a path to ground and he fell with the lines across him. Death was caused by electrocution. It is recommended that supervisors be certain workers understand the hazards they routinely encounter in the workplace. Had the man not been standing directly under energized power lines, his death would not have occurred. The victim was not engaged in the removal of the transformer and as such, company policy should have required him to remain a safe distance from the worksite until his services were needed.
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