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A 35-year-old painter was electrocuted when the aluminum ladder he was moving contacted a 7,620-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 and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 94CO035, 1995 Jan; :1-2
On July 19, 1994 several workers were spray-painting the exterior of an industrial building. The workers were using aluminum ladders to access the upper portions of the wall on which they were working. The injured worker descended his ladder, and lifted it from the wall to move it past his coworker and continue painting. As he was moving the ladder in a vertical position, it contacted a 7,620-volt power line. Another coworker hit the injured worker with both hands, knocking him from the ladder, thus breaking the electrical contact. Immediate attempts to revive the worker at the scene were unsuccessful. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Never allow the use of aluminum ladders when the possibility of contact with overhead power lines exists. 2. Ensure that employees request that the appropriate power company cover electrical power lines with insulating hoses or blankets if the potential for contact with lines exists. 3. Conduct a work-site survey to assess the potential safety hazards. Once an assessment has been completed, written safety rules and procedures should be developed, implemented, and enforced.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94CO035; 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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