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Wireless cable TV service installer electrocuted by 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 96MO059, 1997 Jan; :1-4
A 33-year-old male installer (victim) of a wireless cable TV service was electrocuted when the antenna mast he was raising/installing came into contact with a 7,200 volt overhead power line. Prior to the incident the victim had placed a ladder against the front of the home and had climbed to the roof to test for signal strength with a signal strength meter. It is believed that the victim could not get a signal of sufficient strength at this location from the wireless cable transmitter. He indicated to the property owner that he would raise the antenna to see if they could get any reception. The victim then assembled the mast and antenna and placed it on the ground perpendicular to the front of the house. There was a single-phase, 7,200-volt powerline that paralleled the front of the home. The line was located approximately 12 feet in front of the home and was approximately 21 feet above the ground. As he raised the mast to a vertical position he contacted the power line with the antenna portion of the unit. The MO FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, all employers should incorporate the following recommendations into their safety and health plans: 1. adopt company policies that comply with and emphasize state and federal statutory requirements for working at safe distances from all power lines; 2. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training of employees in hazard recognition and avoidance, and safe work practices; 3. provide a program that introduces and enforces use of appropriate personal protective equipment.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Cables; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electric-properties; Electrical-fields; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electrical-transmission; Electricity; Electrocutions; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MO059; 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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