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Student worker (laborer) is electrocuted when street light standard makes electrical contact 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 96CA002, 1996 Oct; :1-6
A 30-year old male student worker (victim), performing the functions of a laborer, died after the metal combination street light and traffic signal standard (support pole and attachments) he was positioning contacted an overhead high voltage power line. The standard was suspended from a truck-mounted crane and he was attempting to position it over a foundation so it could be secured in place. As he was positioning the standard, it twisted and the street light mast arm contacted the overhead power line. His co-worker, who was helping him position the standard, was seriously burned. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. Always contact the local power company when working in close proximity to energized high voltage power lines. 2. Assure the "10-foot" rule is observed when working near energized high voltage power lines. 3. Allow the standard to become stable before being handled by employees. 4. Use non-conductive pole positioning devices to handle standards when working near energized power lines. 5. Ground the pole or bond the pole to an effective ground.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96CA002; 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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