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Construction worker electrocuted when crane cable contacts an 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 and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 92NJ029, 1992 Dec; :1-4
On August 14, 1992, a 35 year-old male construction worker was electrocuted when a crane hoist cable attached to a pump he was handling contacted a 7,200 volt overhead power line. The incident occurred at the site of a road construction project while a work crew was using a crane to lower a water pump into a construction excavation. The victim was pulling the suspended pump into position when the crane cable swung into contact with the overhead power line. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis to identify and correct potential hazards prior to starting work. 2. Employers should ensure that a minimum clearance of 10 feet is maintained between cranes and energized power lines to prevent inadvertent contact. 3. Employers should contact the utility company to de-energize or isolate the power lines when circumstances require operating cranes less than 10 feet from energized lines. 4. Employers should require a skilled observer to watch the placement of crane and power lines to ensure that minimum safe distances are maintained.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92NJ029; 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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