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Tree trimmer electrocuted by high voltage line 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 93CA006, 1994 Apr; :1-3
On July 20, 1993, a 45-year-old Hispanic male tree trimmer (victim) was electrocuted when a branch he cut fell on a high voltage electrical line. He had been instructed by his supervisor to cut the branch, but according to his supervisor had failed to tie it off properly. The branch hit a power line, and the victim was electrocuted when his chain saw became energized. The victim was wearing a harness and lifeline at the time of the incident, but he fell to the ground after being electrocuted. It is unclear whether the worker used the equipment improperly or if the equipment failed. Paramedics were summoned to the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital. The CaFACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. provide a written Injury & Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) so that employees are aware of all workplace hazards and how to avoid them. 2. contact the local electric company and have electrical wires deenergized or insulated if employees are going to be cutting or trimming branches near such wires. 3. provide employee training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid procedures. 4. ensure that all workers inspect all fall protection equipment each day prior to use, and that all equipment is used properly.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Training; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions; Logging-workers; Forestry-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93CA006; 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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