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Insulation installer dies when his aluminum ladder makes contact with overhead power line.

New Jersey Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90NJ013, 1991 Feb; :1-4
On July 26, 1990, a 28-years-old insulation installer was killed when an aluminum extension ladder which he was holding made contact with an overhead power line, causing him to receive 2,400 volts of electricity. Two experienced insulation installers, both foremen, were raising an aluminum extension ladder in order to start a job. The victim held the ladder while his partner used a rope to extend the ladder. NJDOH FACE personnel concluded that the following guidelines should be followed: 1. Non-conductive ladders and equipment should be used whenever there is any danger of contact with energized power lines. 2. A hazard analysis of each job and each job site should be performed by the employer. 3. The employer must provide safety training which informs employees about potential hazards to which they may be exposed, particularly when working near overhead power lines. 4. In areas where it is available, utilize services of the local power company to cover power lines with insulating sleeves or blankets.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions; Ladders; Work-areas; Work-practices; Workplace-monitoring
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ013; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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