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Wheat farm employee electrocuted when the aluminum irrigation pipe contacted a 7200 volt power line.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90CO029, 1990 Nov; :1-2
The fatal accident occurred on a Monday at approximately 1230 hours. The victim was relocating a siderow sprinkler system that is connected to the pumping system with 30 foot sections of 4 inch aluminum irrigation pipe. While relocating a section of the pipe the victim lifted it to a vertical position where it contacted a 7200 volt power line that runs along the edge of the field. The power line was 27 feet above ground level at the location. The current entered through the victim's right hand and exited from his left foot. The victim was working alone at the time of the accident. The weather was clear and dry. The victim was discovered at approximately 1430 hours by farm workers from a neighboring farm. 1. Personnel working with aluminum irrigation pipe located near overhead power lines should wear rubber insulated gloves. 2. Employers should develop and implement comprehensive written safety programs. As part of this safety program, the employer should conduct regular training for all employees.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90CO029; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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