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Utility lineman electrocuted in Ohio, August 20, 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 90-40, 1991 Jan; :1-6
This report concerned the death of a 29 year old utility lineman who was electrocuted when he simultaneously contacted both ends of a temporary fused powerline jumper. He was employed by electrical contractor which had been contracted by a state university to upgrade a portion of the existing electrical system on university property. On the day of the accident, the victim was returning two outside phases of a three phase, 2400 volt powerline to their permanent position at the outer ends of a crossarm. Two coworkers on the ground were assisting. The victim was wearing only leather gloves. He had reattached one of the phases to its permanent insulator and had tied the hemp rope on the second phase to be moved. A temporary fused jumper was attached to this phase in the bucket area. The victim told his coworkers to leave slack in the rope to allow the phase to rest against its permanent insulator. He then told his coworkers he had reattached the powerline to the insulator. The victim was then observed slumped in the bucket with one leather glove smoking. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. It was found that the jumper was attached to the powerline on one end and to the new transformer on the other end; the jumper was pulled apart. The victim hands had apparently come in contact with both ends of the jumper, causing his electrocution. It is recommended that a comprehensive safety program be established which includes specific written procedures for all work near energized powerlines; and that workers follow established safe work procedures.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-90-40; Accident-analysis; Electrical-hazards; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Occupational-accidents; Hand-protection
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