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Utility company work leader electrocuted while replacing a lightning arrester on a utility pole.

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 92NJ011, 1992 Oct; :1-4
On May 17, 1992, a 43-year-old male utility company work leader died after he contacted 7,200 volts of electricity while replacing a lightning arrester on a utility pole. The victim and two co-workers had been assigned to replace a step-down transformer and two lightning arresters that had been damaged by lightning. The victim was working in the bucket of an insulated aerial lift truck and removed one of his rubber insulating gloves while replacing a lightning arrester. As he was holding the grounded lightning arrester bracket, his shoulder contacted an energized cut-out switch. NJDOH FACE personnel concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. If practical, employers should ensure that all power lines are de-energized prior to working in their vicinity. 2. Employers should ensure that all energized powerlines and conductors are thoroughly insulated to prevent inadvertent contact. 3. Employers should evaluate their training and retraining programs to ensure that personal protective equipment is consistently used. 4. Employers should ensure that established company safety procedures are followed at all times. 5. Employers should re-evaluate the design of connecting devices to allow easier operation with personal protective equipment.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92NJ011; 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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