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Electrical-shock Prevention. Volume IV -overhead-line Contact Fatalities.
Morley LA; Trutt FC; Homce GT
NTIS: PB/84-102979 :116 pages
This report examines the problem of indirect contact of overhead high-voltage powerlines by mining personnel. This refers to the contact of energized lines by workers through an intermediate conductor such as a metallic tool or a piece of high-reaching mobile equipment. The shock hazard by such contact has been a major cause of electrical fatalities associated with mining operations. The report is divided into three areas. The first gives a general background of overhead lines, basic characteristics, and associated hazards and describes presently used techniques and devices that attempt to alleviate the contact problem. The second area presents a detailed analysis of 39 overhead-line contact accidents in mining since 1970. The third section used the information in the first two areas to formulate recommendations to prevent these accidents and subsequent electrocutions at mining installations.
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Pennsylvania State Univ.
Page last reviewed: November 26, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division