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Farmer dies when hay elevator he and 2 other men were moving came into contact with a high power 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 92WI095, 1993 Jul; :1-3
A 33 year old white male farmer was electrocuted when a hay elevator he was moving contacted a 7200 volt power line, 21 feet 10 inches above the ground. Over the years the Kewanee 45 foot hay elevator had been moved manually or by tractor solely by the farmer without mishap. On this occasion, the farmer and 2 other men (a neighbor and a hired hand with 2 days experience) were manually moving the elevator away from one barn window to relocate it at an adjacent window. The elevator either slipped but remained in their grip and dropped lower to the ground than planned, causing the discharge end to raise and contact the power line or they failed to lift the loading end high enough to provide safe clearance between the power line and the discharge end. The weather was described as dry and sunny the day of the incident. The farmers wife saw the incident from her kitchen window and called for emergency services. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene within 5 minutes and followed complete protocol for resuscitation on the victim without success. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene within 1 hour of the incident. The hired man and the neighbor were treated at nearby hospitals and released. The Wisconsin FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences the following issues should be addressed. 1. Conduct a jobsite survey to identify potential hazards before starting any job, and implement any control measures. 2. Ensure that equipment is not operated within 10 feet of energized power lines. 3. Develop and implement a written safety program and train workers to recognize and control hazards.
Region-5; 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; Training; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Electric-properties; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electricity; Electrocutions; Tractors; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92WI095; 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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