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Construction laborer electrocuted by energized crane in California.

Public Health Institute
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 92CA006, 1993 Apr; :1-3
26-year-old Hispanic male construction laborer (victim) was electrocuted when he tripped and came into contact with an energized crane. The victim was in the process of carrying a wire rope over to be used to attach a pile of plywood to the crane's hook. The commotion created by the victim behind the crane, startled the crane operator thus allowing the boom to make contact with a high voltage powerline. CPR was immediately administered by co-workers until paramedics arrived. The FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. make employees aware of the hazards at the worksite 2. employers should provide information which informs their employees of what kinds of hazards to look for and how to avoid them. 3. develop and implement strict procedures when working with a crane in the vicinity of high voltage power lines. 4. contact the local electric power company and have the power turned off when working within a certain distance of high voltage power lines.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92CA006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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