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Electrical foreman and groundman electrocuted when guy wire contacts 13,200- volt power line, October 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 89-17, 1989 Apr; :1-4
A 45 year old male electrical contractor foreman and a 30 year old male groundman were electrocuted when a guy wire they were touching contacted a 13,200 volt power line. The contractor had been in business for 53 years and employed 340 workers. The contractor had a written safety policy and a comprehensive safety program. On the day of the incident the crew was permanently attaching new conductors to insulators on poles and tensioning the new conductors. As the linemen began to remove the new conductors from the roller brackets and attach them to the insulators, they noticed that the new conductors were coming close to the existing energized conductors. They informed the foreman of that problem who said he could take additional slack out of the new lines by tightening the guy wire on the farthest anchor, which would pull the new pole toward the guy wire anchor and away from the existing lines. As the foreman tightened the single guy wire, the groundman (victim) loosened one of the guy wires on the other anchor. A second groundman saw the victim remove the guy wire from the anchor, walk toward the power pole, and bend over to place the guy wire on the ground. The guy wire the groundman was moving contacted one of the energized power lines. It was recommended that employers stress the importance of adhering to established standard work procedures, and that specific procedures to be followed by detailed in accurate steps.
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