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Power substation worker falls 12 feet to his death after contacting a 26,000 volt 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 91NJ003, 1991 Jul; :1-4
On February 15, 1991, a 53-year-old electrical substation mechanic suffered a fatal fall after making contact with an energized 26,000 volt power line. The incident occurred when the victim climbed a ladder and attempted to free a jammed switching device. Thinking that the lines were de-energized, the worker was shocked after touching a live electrical conductor, causing him to fall 12 feet to the ground. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. All electrical lines and conductors should be tested to ensure that they are de-energized prior to working on or near them. 2. Adequate clearance must be maintained between the worker and energized lines to prevent inadvertent contact. If this is not possible, physical guards (barriers) should be placed between the worker and the hazard. 3. Employers should ensure that established company safety procedures are followed at all times.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91NJ003; 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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