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Lineman struck by falling power pole.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 97NE006, 1997 Jun; :1-4
A 52-year-old lineman was killed when a power pole fell on him. A crew was in the process of retiring (taking out of service and removing) a power line. They had already cut down several poles prior to the incident pole. The poles were in rough terrain and a truck could not be driven to them to help facilitate removal. At the time of the incident the victim was approximately 22 feet downhill from the pole. The section of the pole that was cut off was 33 feet long. When the pole was cut it appeared to be falling in the direction of the victim and he ran up the hill. The pole actually fell in the direction he was running and struck the victim in the back. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers and employees must ensure that all personnel are clear of the falling radius of any pole being cut down. 2. Employers should develop written procedures for felling power poles. 3. Employers and employees should ensure that all power lines are removed from poles prior to felling them.
Region-7; 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; Protective-measures; Electrical-equipment; Electrical-industry; Electrical-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97NE006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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