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A 29 year old truck driver/delivery man was electrocuted when the aluminum pole brush he was holding came in contact with a 14,000 volt overhead transmission line.

Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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 92WI089, 1994 Mar; :1-3
A 29 year old white male working as a truck driver/delivery man for one and one-half years was electrocuted on a farm where he was delivering bonemeal. It is assumed that the victim was standing on top of the truck tank and holding an aluminum pole brush overhead when the pole brush contacted a 14,000 volt power transmission line overhead. The victim was found within the tank (bin) by the farm owner when he arrived home. No one witnessed the incident. The weather was described as dry and sunny the day of the incident. The farmer had his son call 911 while he shut the truck off and entered the bin to try to help the victim. He was unable to pull the victim out and waited for the EMT's and the coroner. The coroner and the EMT's arrived at the same time and after rechecking that neither the truck or the auger was running and after lodging a pole in the auger as an additional precaution the coroner went into the bin and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The Wisconsin FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences, the employer should: 1. Conduct a job-site survey on a regular basis to identify potential hazards, implement appropriate control measures. Remove from service all conductive pole brushes and install machine guards for open bins. 2. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive written safety program with particular emphasis on electrical safety. 3. Train workers in safety-related work practices that pertain to their work assignments.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92WI089; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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