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Apprentice lineman dies after making contact with a high voltage transmission line through a wooden utility pole.

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 94NJ072, 1994 Oct; :1-6
On May 10, 1994, a 30 year-old male apprentice lineman died when he contacted 69,000 volts of electricity from a transmission power line through a wooden utility pole. He was part of a three man crew that was setting new utility poles at an electrical substation. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Maintain an appropriate minimum distance from energized power lines at all times. 2. When it may not be possible to maintain the appropriate minimum distance between power lines and equipment, workers should request that lines be deenergized. 3. When setting poles near existing power lines, any worker who may contact the utility pole or power line should be protected with appropriate personal protective equipment. 4. Company representatives who evaluate work sites should consider both the work needed and safety hazards in the area. 5. The work area should be clear of vehicles or other obstructions.
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; Electric-power-transmission-lines
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NJ072; 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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