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Roofing materials deliveryman electrocuted when truck-mounted boom conveyer contacts overhead power line.

Missouri Department of Health
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 94MO096, 1994 Dec; :1-5
A 34-year-old roofing deliveryman was electrocuted and a co-worker was injured when a truck-mounted conveyer boom contacted a 7200-volt overhead power line. The victim was standing on the ground leaning against the truck, and the co-worker was standing on the truck bed operating the boom controls, when it the boom contacted the power line. The co-worker was thrown from the truck and the victim provided a path-to-ground for the electrical current. The MO FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences employers should: 1. instruct employees on how to conduct a job site hazard survey before starting any work; 2. contact the local utility company to de-energize or insulate power lines when circumstances offer no alternative to operating equipment in close proximity to power lines; 3. follow applicable OSHA regulations concerning operation of boomed vehicles near electric power lines 4. stress the importance of proper selection of loading/unloading sites away from power lines; 5. establish procedures for boom operation and positioning, and proper procedures in emergency situations; 6. employees who work around electrical transmission lines, electrical circuits, and electrical equipment should be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Roofing-industry; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electricity; Electrocutions; Region-7
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MO096; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health
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