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Laborer dies from electrical injuries sustained in an electrical distribution system substation in Virginia, April 23, 1990.
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 90-31, 1990 Aug; :1-7
A 21 year old male laborer was injured, and subsequently died, after the galvanized pipe he was carrying came in contact with a 12,500 volt jumper wire. He was employed by a public electric cooperative company. The company was in the process of installing an energy conservation control system at one of their nine substations. The victim and a crew leader were assigned to pull wire through a newly installed underground conduit. The victim positioned a truck containing reels of wire, a reel rack, and a galvanized pipe that was going to be used as a reel rack spindle inside the substation approximately 8 feet from a transformer. The victim apparently lifted the pipe from the back of the truck and turned toward the transformer with the pipe in a vertical position. The pipe contacted the jumper wire, which was about 11 feet from the ground, and the current passed through the pipe and the victim to the ground, injuring the victim. He died on May 8, 1990 from sepsis due to complications from the electrical injury. It is recommended that a jobsite be evaluated carefully to ensure that all procedures to reduce worker exposures be taken; that adequate training be given to ensure that the employees can recognize the potential hazardous exposures; and that jobsite surveys be conducted.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-90-31; Accident-analysis; Electrical-hazards; Occupational-accidents; Electric-power-transmission-lines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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