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Chief lineman electrocuted after contacting 4,200 volts while repairing a downed 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 93NJ019, 1993 Nov; :1-4
On March 6, 1993, a 47 year-old male power company chief lineman was electrocuted after making contact with 4,200 volts from an energized power line. The incident occurred when the victim was preparing to splice a length of copper wire to a power line that had broken during a storm. Although the line was thought to have been de-energized, feedback energy was present in the line from an energized transformer bank. The lineman was electrocuted after taking hold of the hanging line to begin the repair. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers and employees must insure that personal protective equipment such as insulating gloves are consistently used. 2. All electrical lines and conductors should be tested to ensure that they are de-energized prior to working on or near them. 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-93NJ019; 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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