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Journeyman lineman electrocuted following contact with energized lightning arrestor.

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 98MO101, 1999 Jul; :1-4
On October 6, 1998, a 39-year-old male journeyman lineman (victim) working for an electrical contracting company sustained a fatal electrical contact with an energized lighting arrestor. The victim, coworker, and foreman were working at an electrical substation, which serves a town of approximately 3,500. The city was in the process of switching their electrical service over from a three-phase 4 kV system to a 12 kV system. The victim and co-worker were on the steel framework of the substation tightening up nuts and bolts on the conductors they had installed. The victim worked his way over to the incident point where he sat down on the structure next to the energized lightning arrestor. He then contacted the arrestor with his left hand and forearm. He fell backward breaking contact with the electricity. The co-worker, foreman, and a city worker climbed up to the victim and immediately started CPR. Emergency personnel were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The purpose of the FACE Program is to identify risk factors that contribute to worker injury and death, and to make recommendations to employers and individuals on how similar events can be avoided. From the information collected about this incident, the MO FACE investigator concluded that employers should: 1. ensure that all energized conductors are covered by line hoses or line blankets while employees are working in the vicinity of the energized conductors; 2. ensure that comprehensive hazardous energy control measures, including proper lockout/tagout procedures, are fully implemented and enforced.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electric-power-generation; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-fields; Electrical-industry; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electrical-transmission; Electrical-workers; Electricity; Electrocutions; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; 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-98MO101; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division