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Cable television installer electrocuted when cable wire contacts 7,200-volt powerline.

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 98MO042, 1998 Oct; :1-5
On April 13, 1998, a 24-year-old male cable television (CATV) installer (the victim) was electrocuted when the cable wire he was holding contacted a 7,200-volt powerline. The victim was in the process of installing CATV to a customer. The incident site contained two sets of powerline poles. Line #1 was a single 7,200-volt primary line, with a single neutral. Line #2 was a secondary line that ran adjacent to the primary line on a separate set of poles. It contained a 120/220 volt line, a telephone line and the CATV trunk line. The vertical height of the trunk line on Line #2 was slightly higher than the neutral wire on the Line #1. In order to get the cable wire to the customer it had to cross between the primary 7,200 volt powerline and neutral. The victim had climbed Line #2 pole utilizing a ladder and the installed climbing pegs and secured himself with his safety strap. He was attempting to pass the cable wire between the primary and the neutral when the end of the cable wire contacted the primary line. The victim was immediately electrocuted. The MO FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences, all employers should: 1. adopt company policies that comply with and emphasize state and federal statutory requirements for working at safe distances from all powerlines; 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; Control-equipment; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-charge; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-fields; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-industry; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electrical-workers; Electricity; Electrocutions; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MO042; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division