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Homce-GT; Cawley-JC; Yenchek-MR
Water Well J 2005 Aug; 59(8):12,14
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 89 water well drillers died on the job during 1992-2002. Twenty-eight of these deaths were electrocutions. Electrical accidents are the leading on-the-job killer of water well drillers. Nearly all of the 28 electrocutions occurred when drillers accidentally contacted overhead electrical power lines with tools or equipment. Therefore, it is very important that all water well drillers know how to recognize and avoid overhead power line hazards. Most overhead power lines are not insulated and often operate at several thousand volts or higher, so contact with any power line can kill you and your coworkers. Installing and repairing water pump systems can also be hazardous. Avoiding electrical injury while working on water well pump systems depends on several important factors, including hazard awareness, knowledge and experience, proper tools and equipment, meeting code requirements, and always following safe work procedures. First and foremost, electrical work should only be done by qualified personnel.
Electrocutions; Electrical-safety; Electrical-hazards; Accidents; Electricity; Hazards; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices
NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Issue of Publication
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Water Well Journal
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division