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Brick worker electrocuted in Georgia, July 8, 1985.
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 85-37, 1985 Aug; :1-5
An employee for a brick sales and delivery company was electrocuted when the boom on a truck mounted crane he was operating contacted a 7200 volt power line. The employer was a brick sales and delivery company that employed four full time drivers and nine other employees. On the morning of the accident the driver of the company's only truck mounted crane with a raising boom delivered a load of bricks to a contractor who was constructing brick manholes as part of a highway widening project. He turned on the sixteen horsepower motor that ran the crane, picked up the pendant controller, and inadvertently raised the boom into the 7200 volt power line. The driver was electrocuted and collapsed on the ground near the truck. The surge of electricity blew out 16 of the 18 steel belted truck tires. Recommendations include developing better methods to increase driver awareness of job site hazards and enforcing regulations concerning crane operations.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-85-37; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Truck-drivers; Accident-analysis; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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