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Powerline worker electrocuted while performing maintenance on overhead powerline - Alaska, December 28, 1991.
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 92-12, 1992 Sep; :1-9
The case of a 37 year old male electric utility powerline worker who was electrocuted while performing maintenance on a 7200 volt overhead powerline was described. He was employed by a rural electric utility company with 52 employees. He had no previous powerline work experience or training and had been working for the company for 6 weeks. He was investigating and repairing a problem involving intermittent power outages in a rural community. The victim climbed to where the problem was thought to be originating. He was not wearing his lineman gloves or his protective helmet. He had his left climbing pole gaff planted in the pole, his right climbing boot in contact with the pole guy wire and his left arm resting on the neutral phase. He apparently thought the powerline had been deenergized and he grabbed the energized primary phase jumper cable with his right hand and was electrocuted. The victim's judgment was probably impaired by the use of marijuana shortly before the incident. It was recommended that measures be implemented to help ensure that powerline workers are free from the use of controlled substances while on the job, that all workers who perform maintenance on overhead lines are properly trained, and that such workers follow state regulations and safe work procedures.
NIOSH-Author; Region-10; FACE-92-12; Electrical-workers; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Substance-abuse; Electrical-shock; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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