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Lineman electrocuted after contacting 7,200 volts while re-routing power lines on a utility pole.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
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 91NJ016, 1992 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20026740
Abstract
On September 6, 1991, a 47-year-old male power company lineman was electrocuted after making contact with a 7,200 volt power line. The incident occurred while the lineman was working to re-route power from a utility pole to underground lines. As he worked from a bucket truck, he contacted the energized line while holding a grounded metal support. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers must insure that personal protective equipment such as insulating gloves are provided and used. Strict enforcement of company policies with regard to this equipment must be maintained by the field supervisors. 2. Employers should insure that all energized power lines are thoroughly insulated to prevent inadvertent contact. 3. Employees should not engage in activities that may distract them while working near energized lines.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
Publication Date
19920312
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-101696
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-91NJ016; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-22
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; WV
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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