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Electrician electrocuted after contacting energized conductor while working from the bucket of an aerial lift truck - Virginia, April 24, 1992.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 92-25, 1993 Jan; :1-6
A 46 year old male electrician was electrocuted when he contacted an energized powerline while working from the bucket of an aerial lift truck. He had been employed for 17 years by an electrical contracting company that employed ten workers. The company had no written safety or training programs. On the day of the accident two workers arrived at the site to continue replacing switches. From the bucket the victim used a hot stick to disconnect the jumper wire from the switch to the powerline. Without donning personal protective equipment or covering the powerlines with insulating line sleeves or blankets, he removed one of the bolts securing the switch to the crossarm. His coworker was on the ground speaking to the company owner. The victim either tried to reposition the bucket or to remove another bolt when he contacted the powerline. The owner and the coworker heard arcing and popping sounds, and saw the victim slump down into the bucket. It was recommended that all personnel use appropriate protective equipment, and that safety programs be designed and implemented to enable workers to recognize and avoid hazards.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-92-25; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Accident-prevention; Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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