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Tree trimmer electrocuted while trimming a tree.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
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 94NJ066, 1994 Nov; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20026852
Abstract
On May 6, 1994, a 22 year-old male tree trimmer died when he contacted a 220 volt power line while trimming a tree. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Hazard assessments should be conducted for each tree-trimming job; 2. A minimum clearance of ten feet must be maintained between the worker, equipment, and energized power lines to prevent inadvertent contact. 3. Trees should not be climbed when wet. 4. Employers should develop a written employee training program in safe tree trimming and hazard recognition. Their standard operating procedures should be in writing.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Electric-properties; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electricity; Electrocutions; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Training; Forestry-workers
Publication Date
19941130
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-106556
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-94NJ066; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; WV
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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